An anti-gun Colorado state senator resigned Wednesday in the face of a recall effort that could have cost anti-gun Democrats their hold in the state Senate.
According to Fox Denver affiliate Fox31, Sen. Evie Hudak’s resignation means a Democratic “vacancy committee” will appoint her successor.
“In the interest of preserving the progress made over the last year, I am resigning as State Senator for District 19, effective immediately,” Hudak wrote, according to Fox31.
When Democrats say “progress,” they almost always mean more government inroads into the freedoms Americans have by birthright, and Hudak’s no different. This spring, Colorado’s Democrat lawmakers passed – and Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper signed – two widely unpopular laws this year imposing universal background checks on gun buys and limiting magazines to 15 rounds.
Those laws led directly to recall votes that threw out two Democrat state senators – one of them the Senate president – in September. Republicans took their places. Considering that the recalled senators had a monetary advantage of almost 10-1, with then-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg personally contributing $350,000, and the edge of incumbency, the ousters were clear examples of democracy in action.
There was a good chance that would have been Hudak’s fate, too. Barely re-elected by only 600 votes, she made national news – and drew the scorn of Second Amendment supporters – with her behavior during a Senate hearing when she told a rape victim that a gun wouldn’t have helped her defend herself. (Hudak was not only boorish, she was wrong.)
If Hudak had chosen to face another recall election and been replaced by a Republican, Republicans would have taken over the chamber and the transparently partisan motive behind the maneuver infuriated Second Amendment advocates.
“This is a cowardly way out of the recall,” said Joe Neville, political director for Rocky Mountain Gun Owners.