Jun 27, 2013 9:17 PM by Andy Koen

Giron backers use phone bank to call recall petitioners

PUEBLO - The signatures are valid, but the recall fight over Pueblo State Senator Angela Giron is still going strong. People who signed the petition recently got a phone call or personal visit from member of the pro-Giron campaign asking them if they knew what they were signing.

In a recorded call, a caller named Thomas said, "we've heard from a lot of petitioners that they were confused about what they were signing. The special interests who were pushing the petition gave false and misleading information."

Many petitioners who received those call reached out to News 5 on Facebook to express their displeasure.

"It think it's a crock," said Rich Batdorf. "I'm tired of them talking about the special interests. You know, the three guys that are on the petition are all three actually friends of mine, they're all three plumbers, they all three live in Pueblo and none of them are rich."

The callers say the represent Colorado Recall Watch, an off-shoot of the pro-John Morse campaign called "A Lot of People for John Morse." Others say they're with Pueblo United for Angela, the local pro-Giron campaign. Christopher Shallow of Pueblo United for Angela said they're making the calls as a public service.

"If there are people out there who have been intimidated, if there are people out there who have been misled, we want to find these people, make sure that they meant to sign that understanding that this would recall Senator Giron."

A lot's at stake. If enough people rescind their signatures, then it could invalidate the petition.

"In the recall statutes, there is a mechanism that allows you to ask for your name to be removed as long as you do so before the end of the protest period," explained Andrew Cole, a spokesperson for the Colorado Secretary of State's Office.

The petitioners turned over 13,466 signatures. Of those 12,648 (or roughly 94 percent) were validated by the Secretary of State.

Both Giron and Morse are challenging the recalls with the Secretary of State. Governor Hickenlooper has not yet set dates for the special recall elections.


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