When I went to bed last night here in the East, it was early in Colorado and the recall votes were still being counted. Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) was slightly ahead with just a few votes in and Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) was behind with a total of about 12,500 votes counted. I fully expected to wake up this morning to hear it ended up as a split – Giron surviving and Morse out.
The news was so much better – both Giron and Morse are out of office.
Not only was I surprised that both were gone but Giron lost by a larger margin in her heavily Democratic district than did Morse in a district where he had only marginally won in earlier elections.
With 100% of the vote in, the results were as reported in the Denver Post:
Ballot Issue State Senate 3 - Recall Giron 100% reporting Yes 56.0% (19,355) No 43.9% (15,201) Ballot Issue State Senate 11 - Recall Morse 100% reporting Yes 50.9% (9,094) No 49.0% (8,751)
The results are a clear win for the grassroots, for gun rights, and for basic freedoms. They are also a loss for Mayor Bloomberg, in particular, and for the elites in the press, politics, and the gun prohibition movement, in general. None of this would have to come to be if Morse and Giron had not so arrogantly dismissed the concerns of their own constituents which, in turn, pissed off the Victor Heads and Tim Knights of Colorado enough to do something about it.
This historic recall was grassroots politics at its finest.