Residents of Democratic State Senator Angela Giron’s district who had signed the petition to recall the embattled State Senator are complaining that they, like those who signed a similar petition to recall Senate President John Morse, are receiving phone calls from Giron’s supporters asking them to remove their names from the petition. The new twist – the callers are refusing to identify who they are, according to the Pueblo Chieftain:

“’They wouldn’t tell me who they were. They just called and said, ‘Did you want to change your vote because they lied to you about what was on the ballot?’ I said I didn’t want to change my vote because I believe about what I’m voting for,’ said Ron Peitz.”
The Pueblo Chieftain isn’t the only outlet that’s receiving complaints.  The Peak also has received several complaints via our Twitter account:
The campaign manager for Pueblo United for Angela, Christopher Shallow, acknowledged that his organization was organizing the call effort, but said he had instructed callers to give their first names.
Perhaps even worse than the hidden identity of the callers, is their abrasive approach, which some call recipients have dubbed downright “insulting”.  Here is one person’s account to the Pueblo Chieftain of his experience (note: he is a Democrat and former union leader):
“An individual called and asked if I remembered signing a petition pertaining to Senator Angela Giron. Of course I remember signing that petition. He laughed at me and said ‘Well, do you know you signed a petition that contained false and fictitious information?’ And that I didn’t know what I was signing….  Why do you call me at home and berate me and tell me I’m so misinformed? It was so insulting.”
These sort of tactics scream “desperation”.  And, frankly, the campaign probably is a little desperate.  Pueblo United for Angela has just 15 days since the signatures’ certification on June 24th to to convince 1,086 people to remove their signatures from the petition.  The Giron recall effort turned in 12,285 valid signatures. Just 11,200 were needed to move the recall effort forward.