Question – how many people down in Colorado Springs read the New York Times on a daily basis? We didn’t think many either, but that isn’t stopping the strong arm of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg from attempting to flex his muscle in the recall efforts against Colorado State Senate President John Morse.
Today, the infamous Gray Lady offered an endorsement of sorts to the embattled State Senator, challenging the recall voters to “rebuff the gun industry” and quoted Morse as telling the Denver Post that “recalls are for unethical behavior, and not disagreements”.
First, let’s address the accusation that some mythical gun lobby is propping up this effort. The NRA has given a measly $985 toward the effort, compared to Bloomberg’s $20,000 plus contributions toward the effort’s backers.
But, the recall effort isn’t about guns as much as it is about a legislator who broke his promises to his constituents, and worse, instructed his caucus to ignore the will of their constituents. Further, let’s be honest. Morse isn’t exactly blemish-free in terms of ethical issues. In 2011, he was accused of abusing his per diem privileges as a legislator. While the charges were dropped, Morse’s slick behavior prompted the ethics committee to suggest a change in the per diem rules for legislators.
Of course, the New York Times editorial board might know this if any of them lived in Colorado, which another issue. Does Bloomberg think that Coloradans are beholden to New York City newspapers, or mayors, for that matter? In the 2012 election, voters resoundingly rejected Bloomberg’s efforts to interfere in the election in Senate District 35. What makes Bloomberg think that his interference is welcome now? Is it simply his ego – that he’s Michael Bloomberg?
The voters will have to decide.