On the heels of the successful recall of two Democratic state senators in Colorado last month over their support for gun control laws, a third state Senator, Evie Hudak, faces a recall effort. The outcome of which would shift control of the state Senate to Republicans.
A gun rights activist group, “Recall Hudak Too“, has until early December to turn in 18,303 valid signatures needed to put the question before voters, said campaign spokesman Michael McAlpine.
Hudak voted for five gun control measures this year.
Last month Colorado voters recalled state Senate President John Morse and state Senator Angela Giron, key members of the Democratic-controlled legislature which passed several gun control measures after mass shootings last year in a suburban Denver movie theater and at a Connecticut elementary school. After the recall of Morse and Giron, Democrats hold a one-vote majority in the state Senate.
Independent political pollster Floyd Ciruli said Hudak narrowly won re-election, by about 500 votes, making her vulnerable to a recall effort.
“While some Republicans feel emboldened by the successful recalls and see an opportunity to seize control of one chamber of the General Assembly, establishment Republican leaders are not supporting the recall”, Ciruli said.
“They worry that the tables could be turned on them down the line,” he said.
In a general statement detailing their reasons for the recall effort, the group said Hudak, a former schoolteacher who represents Denver’s northwest suburbs, has “infringed upon our constitutional right to bear arms and blatantly disregarded her oath of office.”
A statement released by Hudak countered that the petitioners were “seeking to undo the will of voters” who re-elected her last year.
The most controversial measures passed by the state legislature that prompted these recalls were the limiting of ammunition magazines to 15 rounds and requiring background checks for all private firearms sales and transfers. Governor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, signed the bills into law.
Passage of these laws prompted several large firearms companies including MagPul Industries to move their businesses out of the state.