Three other Democrats were targeted for recall, but only one campaign met the signature threshold. Sen. Angela Giron is waiting for the Gessler’s office to finish counting and validating the signatures against her.
As senate president, Morse was one of the most high profile Democrats fighting for the passage of several strict gun control laws. He sponsored one of the most contentious bills, which would have made the owners, sellers and manufacturers of semiautomatic sporting rifles liable for damage the weapons may cause, but he ultimately spiked the bill when it became clear that even some Democrats wouldn’t vote for it.
The effort against Morse has served as a proxy war between national interests on both sides of the gun debate. The recall election is likely to be even harder fought.
A Republican candidate hasn’t been named yet to challenge Morse, but the state GOP said it’s ready to fight for his seat.
“Today’s news is unprecedented, and serves as a necessary reminder to Gov. Hickenlooper and the radical Democrats in the state legislature that they must represent the people of this state, not their extreme special interests,” state GOP chairman Ryan Call said in a statement.
“The Colorado Republican Party is prepared to unite and mobilize behind a single Republican candidate that will be chosen by the people of El Paso County to defeat radical liberal John Morse in the recall election.”