Taking a cue from Colorado, California gun rights activists are putting together a recall plan to make libs play defense over gun control laws the Democrat-dominated legislature passed this year.
It’s an uphill fight in the deep blue Golden State. But it’s a fight worth having, said veteran GOP strategist strategist Jennifer Kerns, who worked on the Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage in California as well as the Colorado recall campaigns that ousted two Democrat lawmakers in September, according to the Washington Times.
“Based upon the reaction of the people in California, we can’t not do it,” said Kerns, now a spokeswoman for Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly’s campaign for governor.
“We have to listen to the people.”
Kerns was speaking Thursday at a news conference on the steps of the state Capitol in Sacramento to announce the campaign.
After the victory in Colorado, Kerns said, “our phones started ringing off the hook with Californians begging us to help them hold elected officials to account in California.”
“They said, ‘If you could do this in Colorado, you can do this here,’” Kerns said. “Look, when you hear from a few dozen people, you can dismiss it. When you hear from a few hundred, there’s where you know a movement has begun.”
According to the San Jose Mercury News, Kerns identified potential recall targets, all Democrats of course, as state Sens. Norma Torres, Chino, and Ben Hueso, Chula Vista; Assemblywomen Lorena Gonzalez, San Diego, and Sharon Quirk-Silva, Fullerton; and Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles.
Kerns later told the Mercury News the list will be finalized in time to start gathering signatures from holiday shoppers.
Gun Owners of California Executive Director Sam Paredes told the Mercury News the success of the Colorado recall campaigns inspired gun rights activists.
“We are taking their encouragement and running with it full-speed ahead,” he said. “Shame on us if we don’t do something.”