Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was not happy about Tuesday’s recall election of Colorado’s anti-gun state Sens. Angela Giron and John Morse, releasing a scathing statement in response.
”The recall elections in Colorado were defined by the vast array of obstacles that special interests threw in the way of voters for the purpose of reversing the will of the legislature and the people,” Wassserman Schultz said in the statement. “This was voter suppression, pure and simple.”
While Colorado voters heralded the decision as a vote for the will of the people, the DNC chairwoman blamed the process for the results.
“Colorado voters are used to casting their ballots by mail, but because of lawsuits filed by opponents of common sense gun reform, voters were not mailed their ballots in this election,” she said. “Those who intended to vote in person did not learn their polling locations until less than two weeks before Election Day. Tuesday’s low turnout was a result of efforts by the NRA, the Koch brothers and other right wing groups who know that when more people vote, Democrats win.”
Wasserman Schultz noted that the National Rifle Association did not get what it wanted, because Democrats still control the Colorado House, Senate and Governor’s Office, and gun laws already passed will remain in force.
“The Democratic Party has already bolstered its effort to expand voting rights through the National Voter Registration Project, an outgrowth of our belief that when more citizens are involved in the political process, the better it is for the country,” Wasserman Schultz said. “I have faith that the outrageous events in Colorado will bring more activists to join our cause, because the American people understand that the right to vote is a fundamental feature of citizenship that must be protected against assault.”