NRA defeat in Colorado recall election will further diminish its political influence

NRA defeat in Colorado recall election will further diminish its political influence

Denver : CO : USA | Sep 10, 2013 at 5:24 AM PDT
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Recall election in Colorado over

A Quinnipiac poll of voters across Colorado taken last month found that voters have little appetite for any type of recall of state lawmakers.

Today, two Colorado state lawmakers are facing recall.

Their crime?

In four words: "Common sense gun laws."

Polls open at 7 a.m. local time, although early voting had already begun.

The two lawmakers are Democrat John Morse of Colorado Springs, who is president of the Colorado Senate, and Democrat Angela Giron of Pueblo, another state senator who supported the "common sense gun laws." Because of this support, they were targeted for recall by the NRA and associated gun rights groups.

Voters’ say 54-35 percent that sMorse should not be removed from office because of his support for stricter gun control, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN- uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Voters also say 52 - 36 percent that Giron should not be recalled because of her support for stricter gun control.

Both Colorado lawmakers bucked the National Rifle Association and lead the passage of legislation for "common sense gun laws" in response to the mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo.

The "common sense gun laws" were passed after 12 people were killed and 58 injured in a rampage at a Denver suburban movie theater that police said was carried out by a 24-year-old graduate student armed with an assault rifle, a shotgun and a pistol.

Today, those futile NRA efforts will be rebuffed once again as the NRA attempts to regain its political footing and "common sense" will once again prevail.

History is repeating itself and the NRA will be forced to regroup.

The National Rifle Association suffered a stunning defeat last February in the Illinois 2nd Congressional District when Robin Kelly ran against two opponents that had the support of the NRA.

On Feb. 26, 2013, Robin Kelly handed the NRA a stunning defeat as she defeated two candidates with pro-gun right views. Both candidates had "A+" ratings from the NRA and Robin Kelly had an "F+" rating.

Kelly stomped a crowded field with more than 50 percent of the vote, and the NRA was clearly embarrassed by the defeat.

The Daily Kos threw its extensive grassroots support with ground troops and money behind Kelly. Later, Mayor Michael Bloomberg poured millions into the special election there.

Kelly became Rep. Kelly and the NRA had been handed a stunning defeat.

The NRA wants to avenge that stunning defeat.

There is no shortage of money in this race.

In a campaign filing last week, the NRA added an additional $250,000 against Morse and Giron. This brings the NRA’s total spending to $361,703.

In an ominous warning, the NRA told the Denver Post that more money is on its way.

However, the Daily Kos has thus far had 12,942 donors have given $313,857. Add New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's $350,000 donation (at the end of August) total to the mix and it would appear that dollar wise, the NRA has been outgunned once again.

A loss here in Colorado would be devastating for the NRA and show it is losing that magic touch. It could and likely will happen once again to the NRA, looking foolish on one of its strengths: supporting local candidates.

History will repeat itself today in Colorado.

Maybe supporting "common sense gun laws" would be a great start for the NRA.


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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signs three gun-control bills into law on March 20, 2013/ (Reuters)
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