Democratic State Senator Evie Hudak is facing a second round of recall after voting for Mayor Bloomberg’s gun control bills, but sources tell us she has agreed to resign if the organizers seeking her recall get enough signatures.
The scuttlebutt around the Capitol is that Hudak has agreed to resign her seat if enough signatures get verified to force a recall election, but we’ve been told a secret agreement allegedly made with Senate President Morgan Carroll comes with a few strings attached.
If Hudak lost her recall election, it would hand power of the State Senate to Republicans. To stop that from happening, Hudak would resign in the case of a recall election, allowing Democrats to appoint a successor.
But Hudak, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the teachers union, wants a say in her successor on the Senate Education Committee we hear. In exchange for her resigning, Senate President Morgan Carroll has allegedly promised to appoint another union goon to head the committee over Senator Michael Johnston (D-Denver), a leading education reform supporter. Our sources say Hudak would prefer Senator Andy Kerr.
The second stipulation of the resignation agreement, sources say, is that Senate Democrats put out a full court press to stop the recall from taking place. That has clearly been taking place, with liberal organizations and even Senate President Morgan Carroll herself showing up at recall petition signature gathering locations to harass the recall organizers.
At this point, this secret resignation agreement is simply scuttlebutt. It’s nothing more than rumor, but an enterprising political reporter may want to ask Hudak and Carroll on the record about it.