7/31/2013

Democrats and gun control advocates going all in to defeat Colorado recalls

The New York Times is running major stories painting Democrat State Senate President John Morse as a hero.  
As he prepared to vote for some of the strictest gun control measures in the country earlier this year, John Morse, a former police chief and president of the State Senate, knew he would infuriate some constituents. 

“There may be a cost for me to pay, but I am more than happy to pay it,” he said in a recent interview.   
Now, after months of gathering signatures and skirmishing in court, gun activists in Colorado, with the support of the National Rifle Association, have forced Mr. Morse and a fellow Democrat, Senator Angela Giron, into recall elections. The recall effort is seen nationally as a test of whether politicians, largely Democrats, outside big cities and deep-blue coastal states can survive the political fallout of supporting stricter gun laws. . . .
What is left out of the story is that Morse never ran for election on the gun control issue.  Of course, the New York Times would never spin this story as one where a politician broke his promises to voters and is incurring their opposition.  The NY Times also tries to spin this as something run by the NRA, again to de-emphasize the anger of the constituents.

Gun control advocates such as Mark Kelly and Gabrielle Giffords are pushing hard to raise money to defend gun the two state senators up for recall.

Kelly and Giffords and other gun control advocates want to make this their stand.  It will be interesting to see how much inaccurate information they push out during this campaign (see here).
Meanwhile, Giffords' gun control Super PAC has brought in $6.6 million during just the first six months of 2013.  From Politico:
Former Rep. Gabby Giffords’ gun control super PAC brought in $6.6 million in the first six months of 2013, according to reports filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission.
Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC, which also has a tax-exempt nonprofit arm that is not required to disclose its fundraising, received $3.2 million of its total haul from small-dollar donors who gave less than $200.
Several six-figure donations, including a $250,000 check from the law firm owned by Steve and Amber Mostyn — who gave more about $5 million to Democrats in 2012 — also boosted the group. . . .

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