UPDATE: The rape survivors who testified against a bill that would ban concealed carry on college campuses and who were disrespected by Hudak in the process reacted to the news that Hudak had resigned:
“I am pleased that the people of Senate District 19 put enough pressure on Senator Hudak to cause her to resign her Senate seat. Her treatment of me and other women in March demonstrated Senator Hudak’s belief that she knows better than the women of Colorado how they should best defend themselves. My sincere hope is that the Democrats consider, in their replacement choice, that the women of Colorado can make self-defense decisions on their own.” – Amanda Collins
“At Women for Concealed Carry, we are happy to hear of Senator Hudak’s resignation. Although she says her votes on gun control bills make women safer, the facts do not support that. We told her that these bills would make us less safe. She refused to listen to us during testimony, but today’s resignation indicates her constituents expect their representative to listen. Colorado deserves better.
” – Kim Weeks
State Senator Evie Hudak resigned her seat this morning to avoid facing an impending recall election spurred by her votes for gun control and her condescending treatment of a rape victim testifying at the Capitol earlier this year.
KDVR‘s Eli Stokols broke the story:
DENVER — State Sen. Evie Hudak has decided to resign rather than risk facing a recall election that, should she lose, would flip control of the senate to Republicans, FOX31 Denver is first to report Wednesday.
Hudak is expected to make the official announcement with a press release sometime Wednesday morning.
Hudak, D-Westminster, could have been the third Democratic lawmaker to face a recall over a package of gun control bills they helped pass earlier this year.
Democrats will now be able to appoint a replacement through a vacancy committee, thus ensuring they continue to control the State Senate this coming legislative session.
Hudak’s resignation is the ultimate sign of weakness in the face of a massive voter backlash over the Bloomberg-backed gun control bills pushed through the Legislature this year. Rather than defend her votes before the people, she chose to employ a loophole that would allow her party to retain the seat.
A recent Quinnipiac poll found that independent voters in Colorado oppose the new gun control laws 61% – 33%.
Despite Hudak’s resignation, Democrats aren’t out of the wilderness yet. Whomever they appoint to replace her will have to face the voters next November. In 2012, with roughly 569 OFA offices in Jefferson County, Hudak barely won by a few hundred votes. In an off year election like 2014 it will be mighty hard for Democrats to hold.
Good riddance, Evie. And thanks for the extra targeted seat.