The successful effort to recall Democratic Senate President John Morse was one of the more satisfying outcomes of 2013. Imagine our entertainment when we stumbled across a new issue committee called “Citizens for a Stable Colorado”. Stable how, you ask? By keeping the same arrogant, not-accountable-to-constituents legislators in office. Here’s the purpose of the organization:
“To educate Colorado voters on the instability caused by easing recall elections and to oppose any ballot initiatives that try to ease the requirements for recall elections”
Who would stand up such an organization? Turns out the organization was filed in April 2014 by Tyler Chaffee at Strategies 360, who helped pass the “Better Denver” bond as well as helping out those poor union folk, like the SEIU. The other person listed as an agent is none other than “[email protected]”. Of course, CPAMorse.com takes us right to John Morse’s mug.
Morse, perhaps feeling a little sensitive after being removed from office by his constituents after
not listening to them his disastrous gun grab, set this committee up to fight Initiative 76, which would have defined who could be recalled and how. There were just two beneficiaries of this committee – Morse ($3850) and Marc Grueskin’s firm Rechtkornfeld, PC ($10,812). The Colorado Forum Fund also received a donation of $437 when the account was terminated in July.
Who donated to the committee?
- Unions and allies: American Federation of Teachers, Colorado Education Association, Colorado Association of School Executives
- Left-wing groups: Colorado Bar Association, One Colorado (mission creep anyone?), Conservation Colorado (…because it’s concerned about mail in ballots causing pollution…?)
- Gang of Four: Pat Stryker
Gosh, what interest could these groups have in shutting down recall efforts? Could it be that these groups are trying to maintain their stranglehold on Colorado? Or, is it just that John Morse is super bitter? Since the ballot initiative was struck down by the Colorado Supreme Court on a technicality, Colorado may never know.
But, we will laugh about the fact that Morse set up a committee from which only he and Grueskin benefited that so obviously was driven by Morse’s bitterness.