You don’t have to be a political soothsayer to read the tea leaves in today’s Denver Post story about John Morse. The Senate President is actively considering waving the white flag, pleading guilty to the charge of political overreach.
From Kurtis Lee’s story:
Senate President John Morse remains adamant he will charge forward into what could be the first recall election of a state lawmaker in Colorado history, though organizers in support of the Colorado Springs lawmaker are weighing all their options — including the possibility of Morse stepping down — before any election date is set.
“Decisions are happening nonstop in a recall,” said Kjersten Forseth, a consultant to A Whole Lot of People for John Morse, who notes that resignation is an option, though it’s not a focus at this point. “As a team, we’re always re-evaluating where we are on a daily basis. It’s not something you can map out like in a normal campaign.”
The Denver Post, for whatever reason, neglected to mention exactly why so much stock should be put in Forseth’s words.
What Karl Rove is to Dubya, Forseth is to Morse.
From a story on Forseth’s hiring at the State Capitol last November:
Senate President-elect John Morse (D-Colo. Spgs.) dismissed numerous staffers Tuesday, including former chief of staff John Cevette who was replaced by Kjersten Forseth.
“I am sorry the Senate lost an experienced team of professionals,” said Cevette. “They will be hard to replace.”
Like Morse, Forseth is from Colorado Springs and has a passion for politics and deep connections to unions.
Forseth was executive director of ProgressNow Colorado, state director of Change That Works, state director for SEIU, union organizer for Colorado WINS, state director for Colorado for Health Care, and CEO for Red Rock Strategies from 2003 – 2007 (an entity not listed on the Secretary of State’s online records).
What started with Morse offering a Sherman-esque denial of dropping out to KDVR’s Eli Stokols, telling him he was “in until the bitter end,” has suddenly become a caveated denial of dropping out.
When Morse’s top political lieutenant is dropping hints to The Denver Post, the possibility that the Senate President resigns rather than face the voters seems a very likely possibility indeed.