Freshman State Rep. Mike McLachlan (D-Durango) is under fire from gun rights activists for his votes in support of a number of gun control measures, a coalition of whom have begun a recall campaign against him.
While he’s not likely to survive the 2014 elections, after squeaking into office by 917 votes thanks to Obama’s campaign juggernaut, Rep. McLachlan may not even make it that far.
To be sure, recall campaigns are an uphill battle – with no successful one at the state legislative level in recent memory – but they provide an unwelcome distraction to his first legislative session and drive an unhelpful narrative back home.
Reports his hometown paper, The Durango Herald:
DENVER – Second Amendment activists who want to recall Rep. Mike McLachlan, D-Durango, have a lot of work to do.
Organizers said Monday they plan to file their recall petition with the secretary of state this week. When they do, they will have 60 days to gather at least 10,586 signatures from registered voters in McLachlan’s House District 59.
McLachlan is likely just the first Democrat targeted for recall by gun-rights activists.
“There are definitely more recalls in the works. They’re getting ready to announce more. Hopefully, he will be the first of many,” said Anthony Garcia of the newly formed group Colorado Accountability, which is behind the McLachlan recall attempt.
…“Even if we don’t succeed, it’s about sending a message as well. I think either way it’s going to be a win-win,” Garcia said.
…The group has about 160 local volunteers ready to circulate recall petitions. Garcia said he thinks the group also will use paid petition circulators.
With massive turnouts at townhalls hosted by Democrats who voted for gun control bills over the weekend, it’s no surprise activists want to kick it up a notch.
Even if Hickenlooper doesn’t saw off the shaky political branch McLachlan stepped out on to support the extreme gun control measures, gun rights activists may just chop down McLachlan’s political career before it’s barely begun.