Tuesday, June 4, 2013

16,000 signatures for Morse recall

Posted By on Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Sen. John Morse
  • Sen. John Morse
It certainly appears that Colorado Senate President John Morse will face a recall election, after opponents turned in over 16,000 signatures to Secretary of State Scott Gessler yesterday — more than twice as many as were needed.

The recall push, led by the Basic Freedom Defense Fund, officially comes as a reaction to Morse’s advocacy for the state’s new gun control laws, most notably a limit on ammunition magazines and a requirement for background checks. Paid petition-gatherers, however, have been filmed using other rationale, including a claim that Morse wants to repeal the state’s Make My Day law.

Morse, a former police chief, says that’s not true, adding that his legislative aim was to stop or slow mass shootings, like the ones in Aurora and Newtown, Conn.

“There were 20 6-year-olds that were shot in the face,” he said. “I mean their little bodies were carried out with their Power Rangers T-shirts covered by a sheet. There are people who think we should do nothing about this, but I’m not one of them.”

The recall election is not automatic. Gessler is required to throw out invalid signatures, or those from people who don’t live in Morse’s district. Opponents need 7,178 valid signatures to force an election.

While Morse has said in the past that he would not step down from his seat to avoid the recall, he was more evasive on that point at a June 3 press conference, saying only that he wouldn’t resign “now.”

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