Colorado Senate President John Morse and State Sen. Angela Giron are both out of a job as of Tuesday evening when vote counts showed that recall elections against the pair were successful. Morse lost his seat by about 2 percent of the votes cast, 51 to 49 percent, while Giron, in a Democrat-dominated district, lost 56 to 44 percent. The recall effort was initiated in response to the state legislature passing, and the governor signing, a gun control bill that requires almost all private firearm transfers to go through a licensed dealer and include a background check, requires gun buyers to pay a fee to the dealer for processing the paperwork and limits new magazines to no more than 15 rounds.
We were told by Mike Bloomberg and his crew at Mayors Against Illegal Guns that this election was going to prove once and for all that the “gun lobby’s” power is a myth, that politicians who fear the wrath of GunVoters have been conned, and that if politicians will step out in support of gun control, the voters will reward them. Bloomberg wrote a personal check for $350,000 to ensure that his prediction came true and helped recruit other deep-pockets doners like California gazillionaire Eli Broad, who kicked in another $200,000, and major D.C. fundraising fronts that chipped in several hundred thousand dollars more. All told, these individuals and groups contributed the lion’s share of some $3,000,000 the campaigns spent trying to save Morse and Giron – at least five times more than the approximately half-million dollars spent by those trying to fire the pair.