Recalled Colorado Senate President John Morse Alleges “Vote Suppression”, Also Whines on MSNBC
Recalled Colorado State Senate President John Morse took to the airwaves yesterday to voice his grievances with the Colorado recall election which cost him his job earlier this week.
“We had very sensible, commonsense gun legislation. You got to reload after cranking out 15 rounds. You have got to get a background check. You got to pay for the background check yourself. You want a concealed weapons permit, you got to get that training in person, not on the Internet. And we took some existing federal law and made it state law concerning domestic violence, so judges have jurisdiction over that. None of that comes anywhere close to the Second Amendment,” Morse lamented during his MSNBC airtime.
Morse didn’t just spew gun control talking points though. He also alleged voter suppression. Yes Mr. Senator, sorry, Mr. Former Senator, the whole process was rigged against you. It couldn’t possibly be that people don’t agree with your politics.
Morse said while it may appear that the NRA was able to influence local elections, that’s not the case.
“But if you lift the hood just a skosh, you see they only got 9,100 votes turned out. They actually didn’t do a very good job of this at all. What they were able to do was to suppress the vote overall. And, truthfully, we weren’t able to get 9,101 votes out, which was incredibly frustrating, but they got less than 11 percent of the vote in this case, even though people are mad as the dickens. But the truth is 80 percent of the people approve with what we did. And so they got half of those 20 percent.
“And the clerk in the area set the voting time such that it was very difficult for working people to vote. They had 11 hours total to vote that wasn’t between 8:00 and 5:00 Monday through Friday. And so they had Thursday, Friday, Monday, and then Election Day on Tuesday, and Tuesday the polls were open from 7:00 to 7:00, but on those other days, they were open to 8:00 to 5:00 and they were open on Saturday from 8:00 to 5:00. So, they got those hours and they got the hours from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. But 70 percent of Coloradans vote by mail-in ballot. And in this case, they got the mail-in ballot squashed, so that nobody got to use a mail-in ballot.”
Also, Former Senator Morse, it wasn’t the NRA that won the election. It was the tireless efforts of the boots on the ground and old fashioned grassroots activism.
I find it interesting that Morse tried to bring the NRA into the equation, but didn’t mention that fact that anti-gun donors, such as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, outspent the NRA 5-1 according to some estimates.