Jun 25, 2013 8:40 PM by Jacqui Heinrich, firstname.lastname@example.org
With less than a week left before Colorado's new gun control laws take effect, campaigns to recall two state legislators who voted in support of stricter gun control laws are heating up.
Tuesday morning Senator Angela Giron of Pueblo announced a lawsuit against a recall working to remove her from office. The move came just hours after the Secretary of State's office confirmed Pueblo recall organizers gathered enough signatures for a recall election. Only 6% of the signatures gathered were invalid.
Giron's move mirrors Senate President John Morse's response earlier this month after recall organizers gathered enough signatures to recall Morse from his seat in District 11. Morse and Giron claim the petitions are invalid since both are missing a clause mandated by the state Constitution. While the petitions call for Senator Morse and Senator Giron's removals, they don't expressly call for a recall election to replace them with other candidates, which the Constitution requires. "A recall is used for politicians who abuse their power, not to be used as a tool to disrupt democratically elected representation," Christopher Shallow of Pueblo United For Angela said. Both senators are using the same lawyer to thwart recall efforts.
Although recall committees against Morse and Giron recognize the flaws in the petition language, both camps say the sheer number of signatures collected reflects the will of the people, which they say, should be honored. "We used all volunteers and we mostly set up in parking lots and gun stores like this and people would come to us, they knew exactly what they were signing, they wanted to do it," Victor Head of Pueblo Freedom & Rights told News 5.
Both the Morse and Giron recall campaigns submitted signatures in excess of the minimum number to warrant an election, and after the Secretary of State's signature verification process, both campaigns retained enough signatures to move forward with the recalls. "Whatever happens with the Morse recall, we'll be a week behind essentially and we'll go through the same process. If it gets kicked out because of petition language, ours is going to get kicked out too I assume," Head said.
A hearing for Morse's lawsuit is scheduled for Thursday. It will be a few weeks before Giron's lawsuit moves forward.