Inspired by the recall elections of Democratic state Senators Angela Giron and John Morse, the Denver Post editorial board wrote an editorial calling the uptick in recall elections “an unhealthy trend in state politics….” The article noted that 11 of 32 successful recalls in the United States since 1911 have taken place since 2011.
The question is whether the recall elections are just the next tool in the political playbook or whether they are becoming a trend because the American electorate is fed up with sending politicians to Washington, D.C. and state capitols only to have the legislators vote against their constituents’ interests. Too often legislators vote in the interests of everyone but their constituents – donors, powerful lobbyists, special interests, and more.
In the case of Democratic Senate President Morse and state Senator Angela Giron, they voted with out-of-state interests like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Vice President Joe Biden. Or, the green energy lobby in the case of Senate Bill 252.
The editorial goes on to say that “these lawmakers did not engage in malfeasance, commit crimes or ethical violations.”
The fact is that Morse has engaged in questionably ethical behavior on several occasions. Further, Morse told his caucus to ignore the correspondence asking them to vote against some of the most restrictive gun laws in the United States. The primary job of a legislator is to listen to constituents. If Morse is unwilling to listen to his constituents, his constituents are well within their right to find a representative who will.
But, the editorial was right in one respect – the recall elections are about more than votes cast by two state senators on gun control. We say they’re about Coloradans taking back control of their representation.