The vice chair of the Colorado Republican Party, Kristi Burton-Brown, wrote on Facebook today that “in order to accomplish the most good in the shortest time” she and her allies are abandoning an effort to recall Colorado State Rep. Tom Sullivan (D-Centennial) and instead are focusing on “recalling Democrat Senators who are not up for re-election in 2020.”
It’s not clear if Brown’s new strategy will win over fellow Republicans who opposed this year’s recall efforts. But here is a sampling of range of opinion within the Republican Party, as expressed before Brown’s announcement today.
OPPOSED TO RECALLS
Former State Rep. Cole Wist (R-Centennial) — “Recall fever is at odds with governing. It is designed to keep you riled up, to keep the contributions flowing, to feed the beast.“
Tyler Sandberg, former Colo Congressman Mike Coffman’s Campaign Manager — “Great work taking a swing seat and making it safe for Democrats. Real bang up job, guys.”
Ryan Call, Former Chair of the Colorado Republican Party — “…what we saw during the legislative session is consistent with what most Democratic candidates said they would do while they were running.”
State Rep. Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock), GOP House Minority Leader, “This is unprecedented overreach. We need to do something. If there is a grassroots effort that starts percolating up, then I am going to help them.”
Kristi Burton Brown, Vice Chair of the Colorado Republican Party. — “Rep. Tom Sullivan needs to be recalled because, like the rest of the Democrats in the legislature this session, he did not represent the families of Colorado.”
Dudley Brown, founder of Rocky Mountain gun Owners, “I hope you’ll consider making a generous contribution to our Red Flag Recall fund.”
CU Regent Heidi Ganahl and U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) — (clapping in support)
Former State Rep. Jack Tate (R-Centennial) — “There’s something that’s just too partisan, too much of a do-over with a different voting base than I am comfortable with.“)
Michael Fields, Colorado Rising Action– “Recalls can identify people, but it also can strengthen elected officials that survive them.”
Who are these “Democrat senators who aren’t up for re-election in 2020”?
They were targeting Leroy Garcia and Bri Buontello , for what, who knows since they both voted RMGO’s way on Red Flag.
Garcia’s not up in 2020, but in 2022. per Wikipedia. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_Senate
Also Pettersen, Donovan, Lee, Story, Danielsen, Winter, Rodriguez, and Gonzalez. So these Senators, who are mostly women and people of color, will be the next ones targeted for recall by the racist, sexist Colorado Republican Party.
At least, Goopers are being honest about their goal of partisan control and that they can’t win in regular elections.
Garcia is not up in 2020. They might go after him. There is also Pete Lee, Kerry Donovan, Jessie Danielson, Tammy Story, Brittany Pettersen, and Faith Winter. All of these incumbents won by double-digits last year.