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Arvada, Co —Out-of-state special interest money has compelled local volunteers running political recalls to scale back and combine efforts.
The Recall Evie Hudak campaign announces that it will temporarily suspend its signature-gathering work and join forces with the campaigns to recall Colorado Senate President John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron. Organizers believe resources will be leveraged better by strategically coordinating the recalls of overreaching lawmakers one after another.
“These recalls are grassroots efforts and we have determined we are stronger when we work together,” said Kandee Evans, who initiated the petition to recall Senator Evie Hudak. “Once the recalls downstate are successful, volunteers from those efforts will assist us to launch a new petition drive to recall Hudak.”
The strategy to reallocate resources from the Recall Hudak volunteer base to the recall efforts against Morse and Giron means at least another 30 motivated Colorado citizens will be volunteering to gather signatures in Colorado Springs and Pueblo over the next three weeks.
Campaign-finance reports filed with the Secretary of State’s office show that the group trying to shield Senator Morse from accountability, A Whole Lot of People for John Morse, has received about $25,500 in financial contributions. About $20,000 of that has come from the national liberal firm America Votes, a 501(c)(4) organization that coordinates issue advocacy and election campaigns for left-wing causes.
“The recall efforts began as a means for Colorado voters to hold their elected lawmakers accountable,” Evans said. “They have evolved into yet another opportunity for deep-pocketed out-of-state special interests to interfere in Colorado politics.”
The Recall Evie Hudak Committee is not aware of significant efforts to try to rescue Senator Hudak, though volunteer petitioners have reported numerous incidents of harassment and attempted intimidation while legally gathering signatures.
Hudak got national attention in March for her comments during the debate over House Bill 1226, which would have banned concealed weapons on Colorado college campuses. Hudak told a testifying rape victim that even if she had a gun, her attacker might have been able to take it away from her. “Statistics are not on your side,” Hudak said.