Remember last week when I told you that two key Democratic state senators in Colorado were voted out of office because of their anti-gun legislation? Senate President John Morse and Senator Angela Giron both faced recall elections in their districts and were handily defeated by pro-gun Republicans.
According to Bob Beauprez, a former US Representative from Colorado, those recall elections have other Colorado Democrats running scared and worried about their own political futures. A number of those Democrats are up for re-election in 2014 and their support of the anti-gun bills may just come back to bite them in the political butt. He points out that Giron represented Pueblo, a district he described as:
“Heavily Democrat, heavily union at least by Colorado standards, heavily Hispanic which tends to vote for the Democrat Party.”
Yet, Giron lost the recall election by only receiving 44% of vote while 56% voted to give her a pink slip. Perhaps what could be more surprising is that in the heavily Democratic county, Republican George Rivera received 88% of the vote to replace Giron.
Commenting on the recall elections, Beauprez stated:
“These gun-grabbing bills, obviously in the opinion of the majority, just went too far.”
“My guess that the most nervous guy in the state right now is probably our governor, John Hickenlooper, who signed all this stuff. I think he has to be extremely concerned as he faces re-election in 2014.”
The GOP of Colorado needs to make the anti-gun laws one of the key issues in next year’s elections. They also need to run very pro-gun Republican candidates against them. How great would it be to see a state that is currently controlled by the Democrats in the governor’s mansion and both houses of the state legislature to totally swing to a GOP controlled state after the 2014 elections. Hopefully, Republicans in other states will get on the pro-gun bandwagon and make similar changes in other states and in Washington DC.