Colorado pro-gun voters have gathered enough signatures to trigger the recall elections of two Democratic senators, Senate President John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron. Morse has filed a criminal complaint with the Colorado Springs district attorney office alleging that as many as 3,500 of the signatures are fraudulent.
Christy Le Lait, a spokeswoman for A Whole Lot of People for John Morse, argued, “There’s forgery, there’s perjury on the part of the circulators, there are a lot of issues.”
“The evidence that I have provided the District Attorney’s office calls into question the validity of the entire petition gathering process," Le Lait said. "There should be a swift and thorough investigation. Any incidents of forgery and perjury should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. There are many categories of faulty signatures, including petitions that were not properly notarized, signatures from voters who live outside Senate District 11 and some forgeries. In all, we were able to find 2,149 faulty signatures.”
Critics of Morse are not buying it. Jennifer Kerns of the Basic Freedoms Defense Fund argued, “They did not present a single signature that had been forged or was inaccurate.”
The law seems to back up the recall supporters on this point. The signatures have been given a thumbs-up by the secretary of state’s office and both petitions were ruled constitutional by a district court judge. The criminal complaint might simply be a last-ditch effort by the senators to save their seats.
In any event, time is running out. Unless the senators can prove that the petitions are fraudulent, they will face recall elections on Sept. 10. These senators might be able to defend themselves in the recall election and stay in office, but there will undoubtedly be a plethora of pro-gun politicians vying for their seats.