Bloomberg to Back Anti-Gun Lawmakers Being Recalled in Colorado With Out of State Money
Two Colorado state senators, John Morse and Angela Giron, will both be facing recall elections in September for their support of strict gun control laws earlier this year.
However, it seems as if they may have some outside help in defending their seats. Anti-gun, billionaire, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg alluded to possibly backing the pair of lawmakers with either his vast fortune or resources of his anti-gun group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
According to Capital New York,
After reading this morning’s newspaper about two like-minded legislators under duress, Bloomberg wrote himself a note to “check” if Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the organization he co-founded and funds, would support the two Democrats against the N.R.A.
“I certainly hope so,” he said, adding, “These two elected officials apparently had the courage to stand up and vote for a sensible gun law where you just have background checks to keep people with mental illnesses … and people with criminal records from buying guns. Something that 80 or 90 percent even of N.R.A. members are in favor of.”
That 80-90% of NRA members supporting universal background checks is way off by the way. The NRA’s own member polls put those numbers much, much lower.
Both Colorado state senators could allow the Democratic party to retain their seats by resigning prior to elections which would allow for the appointment of two new Democratic senators to take their place as recall elections target an individual, not a particular seat.
The lawmakers are facing the recall effort due to their support of strict gun control laws which passed in Colorado earlier this year. Many saw the laws as being too anti-gun for Colorado, which has been a “purple” state in recent times, being seen as socially progressive on some issues, such as marijuana legalization, but many feel that residents still maintain a strong history of firearm ownership and gun rights.
The recall effort is certainly going to be watched at the national level, with many seeing it as a referendum on gun control. Anti-gun advocates have been saying that pro-gun supporters can expect a backlash at the polls, and the Colorado recall elections may be the first chance to put that to the test. Many are actually predicting the opposite and think that pro-gun activists may be able to defeat the Democratic incumbents.