Friday, October 18, 2019

Recall fails against Sen. Leroy Garcia; only 4 signatures submitted

Posted By on Fri, Oct 18, 2019 at 4:21 PM

Senate President Leroy Garcia is in the clear on recall attempt. - COURTESY COLORADO GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • Courtesy Colorado General Assembly
  • Senate President Leroy Garcia is in the clear on recall attempt.
Republicans in Colorado who have attempted to recall several state officials are batting zero.

On Oct. 18, the Colorado Secretary of State's Office deemed petitions to recall Senate President Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, as insufficient. Petitioners submitted a mere four signatures, when 13,506 were needed.

Republicans earlier this year tried to recall Democrat Gov. Jared Polis, Rep. Tom Sullivan, D-Centennial, Sen. Pete Lee, D-Colorado Springs, and Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood.

The GOP was sore after losing every state level office in November 2018, and Republicans were really steamed when Democratic lawmakers began carrying out the agenda on which they campaigned.

For example, here's the wording on the recall petition for Lee:

Senator Pete Lee, representing Senate District 11, should be recalled because he sponsored legislation to create a paid family and medical leave program to be funded by a mandatory tax on businesses and employees, disingenuously referring to it as a “fee” instead of a tax, and he voted for the passage of:

1) SB 19-042 (National Popular Vote), enacting and joining Colorado into an interstate compact to elect the president of the United States by national popular vote;
2) SB 19-181 (Comprehensive Oil and Gas Reform), reforming the regulation of the oil and gas industry in Colorado despite the voters’ defeat of Proposition 112’s drilling regulations;
3) HB 19-1032 (Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education), mandating comprehensive human sexuality education and appropriating one million dollars annually in grant funds for its dissemination; and
4) HB 19-1177 (Red Flag), creating the ability for a family or household member to petition the court for a temporary extreme risk protection order to prohibit an individual from possessing a firearm.
Here's what Democracy First Colorado had to say in a release:

"The scammers behind this year's recalls have flamed out in spectacular fashion — but not before lining their pockets and loading their databases with money and personal data from unsuspecting Colorado voters," said Curtis Hubbard, a spokesman for Democracy First Colorado. "These efforts have been deceptive to the bitter end, and we are not at all surprised by this outcome, despite recent reports to the contrary. Senator Garcia is serving Pueblo well — a sentiment voters across the district reaffirmed in the thousands of conversations we have had over the last 60 days."

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