Angela Giron ousted in Colorado recall election

Article author: 
Joey Bunch
Article publisher: 
Denver Post
Article date: 
11 September 2013
Article category: 
Colorado News
Article Body: 

PUEBLO — State Sen. Angela Giron has been recalled and retired Pueblo deputy police chief George Rivera voted in as her replacement.

With 100 percent of the votes counted, about 56 percent called for Giron to be unseated. About 44 percent voted for her retention, according to final results reported by the Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder.

A stunned Giron conceded just after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday...

Giron and Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs are the first state lawmakers in state history to be recalled. Morse, of Colorado Springs conceded earlier in the night, losing his seat to former Colorado Springs City Councilman Bernie Herpin.

The recall could have a chilling effect in other states, where Democrats have been encouraged by President Barack Obama to pass controls on guns, including background checks, limits on ammunition magazines and other measures...

"This election has been about holding our elected officials accountable," [Rivera] wrote. "The voters of Pueblo have sent a strong message. We are the voice of democracy."...

Rivera, who describes himself as a former Democrat, was a Pueblo police officer for 34 years...



From the 2011 Post article Senate gives initial approval for in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants [illegal aliens]:

Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo, who also sponsored the legislation, choked back tears... "I do have family members who are undocumented," Giron said. "These are families that have lived here and have paid taxes."

Also see the articles Sen. John Morse ousted in historic vote, Shock the World: Giron, Morse Toppled In Democratic Strongholds, and The Colorado Recalls Explained.

From the September 11, 2013 New York Times article Colorado Lawmakers Ousted in Recall Vote Over Gun Law:

"A range of philanthropists, liberal political groups, unions and activists raised a total of $3 million to defend Mr. Morse and Ms. Giron. Mr. Bloomberg personally gave $350,000. It was not enough to help Mr. Morse overcome the conservative outrage that erupted this winter as Colorado’s Democratic-controlled statehouse passed several gun laws over near-unanimous opposition from Republicans and Second Amendment advocates."

From the September 11, 2013 National Review article A Famous Victory in Colorado:

" the end of the process, so anxious were the opponents of the recall that they felt compelled to rely heavily on Michael Bloomberg, who sent $350,000 to Colorado to fight the threat; members of Obama’s ground team were brought in to boost turnout, and even former president Bill Clinton was wheeled in at the last minute to try to tip the scales'. None of it worked..."


CAIRCO notes that although the September 10, 2013 Colorado recall election was based on infringement of Second Amendment rights, the same Democratic Colorado legislators who supported the infringement bills also sponsored anti-immigration enforcement legislation. These issues are intertwined within the Democratic party, particularly in Colorado.

Unfortunately, the record is abundantly clear. In Colorado, Republican legislative sessions strengthen immigration enforcement, while Democratic sessions weaken it - to the extent of undoing legislation passed by prior Republican sessions. See CAIRCO legislation resources.

The recall election was an opportunity to rid the Colorado of particularly undesirable pro-illegal alien legislators.

The 2013 voting records of both Senator Angela Giron and John Morse show that they favor illegal immigration:

Angela Giron sponsored and both Senators voted for instate tuition for illegal aliens.

Both sponsored and voted for the Colorado law enforcement (dis)trust act that repeals 2006 legislation (SB90) that made sure local government did not restrain law enforcement and public employees from cooperating with Federal immigration enforcement.

Angela Giron sponsored and both Senators voted for drivers licenses for illegal aliens.

The recall election was an opportunity for the citizens of Colorado change the political bias of the Colorado State Senate and to send a message to other legislators that Coloradans will not tolerate open-borders legislators.