Sen. John Morse ousted in historic vote

Article author: 
Kurtis Lee
Article publisher: 
Denver Post
Article date: 
11 September 2013
Article category: 
Colorado News
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COLORADO SPRINGS — In an historic recall election Tuesday, voters ousted state Senate President John Morse over his support of tougher gun laws passed earlier this year...

With almost 100 percent of votes counted in the historic recall election of Morse, returns show 51 percent have voted "yes" and 49 percent "no."...

Republican Bernie Herpin, who won Tuesday night's recall election addressed a crowd...

"This election was about defending the constitution, standing up for our rights and deciding how best to let us decide how to defend ourselves...

The ouster of Morse comes after months of legal spats, millions of dollars in [out-of-state] donations and a barrage of intense TV and radio advertisements.

"Tonight is a victory for the people of the State of Colorado, who have been subject to the overreach of a Democrat agenda on guns, taxes, and accountability to the people," said Tim Knight, Founder of the Basic Freedom Defense Fund and the "father" of the Recalls. "Since day one, they said it couldn't be done. Tonight, this is a victory for the people of Colorado, and we share this victory with them."...



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..."

Also see the articles Angela Giron ousted in Colorado recall election,  Shock the World: Giron, Morse Toppled In Democratic Strongholds and The Colorado Recalls Explained.


CAIRCO notes that 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 September 10, 2013 Colorado recall election was an opportunity to rid the Colorado of particularly undesirable pro-illegal alien legislators.

Although the current 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.

On September 10, 2013 two Colorado State Senators faced a recall. The Basic Freedom Defense Fund and Pueblo Freedom Rights, concerned about anti-second amendment legislation these two senators had helped pass, gathered the necessary signatures to place the recall on the ballot.

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.