With the concessions of defeat by former state Senate President Democrat John Morse (shown in photo) and Democrat Senator Angela Giron came cries of jubilation and disappointment in the first recall election in Colorado’s history. More than $3 million was invested in the elections, most of it from out of state.
In his concession speech, Morse unintentionally alluded to how he lost the election:
The highest rank in a democracy is a citizen, not Senate President, [and] so soon, along with many of you, I will hold that rank….
There’s nothing citizens can’t accomplish when they put their minds to accomplishing it. [Emphasis added.]
As senate president Morse presided over and pushed the Democrat agenda on gun control on innocent Colorado gun owners, passing without a single Republican vote measures limiting magazine capacities to 15 rounds and requiring background checks on all private party sales. What angered activists most was the adoption under Morse of rules that severely limited public input during the debates.
As Tim Knight, the founder of the Basic Freedom Defense Fund (BFDF) and the driving grassroots force behind the recall, put it:
The Basic Freedom Defense Fund started as a group of concerned citizens coming together to hold politicians accountable….
It has now exploded into a statewide, coordinated effort….
So often politicians will say whatever they can to get elected [and] then do the complete opposite, to the point of completely ignoring their constituents and trampling our freedoms.
This group represents those people who are fed up with that type of representation and are determined to do something about it.
What really ignited the grassroots effort to oust Morse was his refusal to listen to his constituents and his continuing to drive his agenda over increasingly noisy protests. In his explanation, “Why recall John Morse,” Knight got very specific:
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Photo of John Morse: AP Images