There’s been some confusion in the last few days as recall efforts against freshman Rep. Rochelle Galindo of Greeley have received publicity over two groups working on the effort: with a few wealthy Weld County landowners pledging big bucks for the campaign and the Recall Colorado organization led by House Minority Leader Patrick Neville working with local pastor Steve Grant firing up
hater grassroots opposition.
In an interview Wednesday on AM600 talk radio, Joe Neville of Rearden Strategic tried to sort out the current state of play, while still portraying themselves in a management role over the effort:
LAKEY: Now, the House District 50 – there was a different gentleman who – I guess – pulled the [recall] petitions. Not all of these recalls are connected. I mean, everybody is kind of teaming up where possible, but it’s not all coming from, like, one central organization. And House District 50 fits that description, does it not? It’s put on by some local folks, that they are pulling the petitions and hoping to team a bunch of people together. But not everything flows through Joe Neville.
NEVILLE: That’s correct. That’s absolutely correct. What our goal is with ‘recallcolorado[.com], is we’re working to help out the grassroots. So, we have run recalls before, we have the ability to raise resources, and we’ll put volunteers out there. But these recalls – it’s the people’s district. And they sense, too – because the legislators work for the people, and so the people, they’re the ones who are putting these recalls together, the citizens in these districts. And we’re just there to help support them and get them the resources they need, to help them with getting ballot signatures and get this on the ballot – get the recalls on the ballot. And then when it comes time for the election, we’ll be there to help with that part, too. But really, it’s helping them be effective and give them the best chance possible to make sure the recall is successful.
From there the conversation turned more specifically to Pastor Grant, who the Nevilles originally connected with to organize the HD-50 recall after he vowed to bring down his “homosexual pervert” representative:
NEVILLE: And, you know, we need to stand up, not only to the press, but the fact of the matter is, you know, whether it was with Trump or [what] we’ve seen just over the past few months, people aren’t going to put up with it anymore and they’re going to start focusing on holding these politicians accountable. And that’s what we’re doing with the recalls. And you know, the guy that stood up – the pastor that stood up, good for him! Good for all these people that are involved in this, because it’s not just one issue. It’s several issues that are affecting these people in this district, and they have a right to hold their politicians accountable. [Pols emphasis]
LAKEY: Yeah. The [recall] petitions are not approved yet. Where are we at in that process? Because I know my listeners are chomping at the bit, and the people all across Colorado are chomping at the bit, to get their hands on a petition. The Galindo petition, particularly – it’s in the approval process? Is that what we say?
NEVILLE: Yep, it’s in the approval process. There are several different stakeholders. I mean, this was such a polarizing effort that several people had started entering petitions. So we had to put – you know, pause it, bring everybody to the table, try to figure out what petition we’re going to move forward, because the last thing we want is multiple petitions out there, splitting up the effort. We’ve come to that conclusion, I believe. [Pols emphasis] And within the next few days we should have a final one turned in and approved. And so I’m guessing within the week, here, is when things should start moving forward. And we’ll definitely be reaching out to everybody that signs up at recallcolorado.com and telling them where to go and pushing them to the main center of the first — what looks like it’s going to be the first recall in Colorado this year.
To whatever extent there is an attempt to put daylight between less-savory organizers of this recall effort and the money men funding the petition campaign, consider it scrambled! After the jump, we’ve reprinted for posterity the original March 26 press release from the Nevilles praising Pastor Grant and celebrating his participation in the Galindo recall. It looks like, barring a specific indication to the contrary, the House Minority Leader and his family business are going to be the glue that sticks all the disparate –and unpleasant–pieces of this operation together.
For Immediate Release
March 26, 2019
Contact: Jacob Maerli
Local Pastor, Steve Grant Launches Recall in House District 50
Greeley, CO – Today, local Pastor Steve Grant announced he has officially filed a recall petition with the Colorado Secretary of State beginning the movement to recall House member Rochelle Galindo.
“As a Pastor, I’ve seen how the Colorado legislature’s overreach has affected my flock from their jobs to how they raise their children and even the values they hold dear. Enough is enough,” Grant said when asked why he decided to move forward with the recall.
Grant’s petition is in the final stages of being approved by the Secretary of State to begin gathering signatures. Which, is expected to take place within the next 7 to 10 days. Once approved Grant will have eight weeks to collect around 7,000 signatures and recall Representative Galindo.
Many groups from around Colorado have already thrown their support behind Grant and his efforts. From groups like Advancing Colorado, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, to Values First Colorado Grant says it’s “humbling to have several grassroots groups rally behind our effort.”
“Rochelle Galindo is clearly out of touch with the values of Greeley and Weld County. Her support of radical gun confiscation shows her contempt for her constituents and the Constitution. I applaud Pastor Grant for his leadership in this recall effort. RMGO and our members in Greeley, Weld County, and across the state are with you,” declared Dudley Brown of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, Colorado’s largest gun rights organization.
House Minority Leader Patrick Neville also joined in praising Grant, “It’s exciting to see the people in these communities work to take back their state. We are here to offer the resources and tools to help bring the grassroots success.”