Voters go to the polls next Tuesday in the first-ever state Senate recalls in Colorado history, and liberals around the country are worried.
Worried enough that New York’s billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg has put $350,000 into the state to protect two senators being targeted for recall recall because of their anti-gun views, according to The New York Times.
Worried enough that “billionaire philanthropist” Eli Broad has pumped in a quarter-million to the same cause, according to The Times. (Ever notice only rich liberals are called “philanthropists” in the NYT?)
Worried enough that New York liberal Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillebrand has joined in with a fundraising email for one of the two imperiled senators (the female one, naturally.)
At issue are the political futures of John Morse, the Democratic president of the state Senate who represents the Colorado Springs area, and Angela Giron, who represents Pueblo.
As the gun rights group Bearing Arms put it, “If John Morse and Angela Giron are defeated despite the massive spending of anti-gun groups, the fate of the gun-control movement may be doomed.”
That’s why the liberal money is pouring in. And it’s why The New York Times is devoting national coverage to state Senate recall races for seats that, together, represent only about a quarter of a million people in a country of more than 300 million. Because there’s no denying a recall of either or both senators would be a major symbolic victory for Second Amendment supporters.
And it could happen. Morse squeaked to re-election last year by only 252 vote and that was in an election where a Libertarian got 1,258 votes, according to the Denver Post. As the Post puts it, “Morse is clearly vulnerable.” Giron’s district, on the other hand, is overwhelmingly Democratic in registration, so if there is a gun-rights victory, it’s more likely to come at the expense of the Colorado Senate president.
The Times says polls show the elections are too close to call (and since this is The Times, that mean’s it’s probably a slam-dunk for the pro-gun side.)
“The peasants have grabbed ahold of their pitchforks and torches,” Dudley Brown, executive director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, told The Times.
The National Rifle Association hasn’t been idle either, putting about $110,000 into radio ads and other campaign spending, according to the Times, including a slick, professional pro-recall video that was featured in campaign coverage in the Denver Post.
Still, Bearing Arms puts the spending disparity at 6-1 in favor of the Democrats. And the Democrats have reason to spend so much, with so much on the line:
“If either of these Colorado state senators is defeated, billionaire Mike Bloomberg’s already flailing Mayors Against Illegal Guns will be revealed as having very little actual political clout,” bearingarms.com says. “MAIG’s defeat in Colorado might doom the brief resurgence of the gun control movement that erupted post-Newtown.”
Watch Colorado carefully next Tuesday. The libs will be.