“Official” Polis Recall Celebrates Impending Failure Of Polis Recall

If you don’t have the pleasure of being on the “inside” of the 41,000-strong private Facebook group ostensibly devoted to the recall of Gov. Jared Polis–note that the 41,000 did not all join this group for that purpose, since the group has been around threatening the same fate for some years to Gov. Polis’ predecessor–you have to rely on windows into their peculiar little world such our occasional updates.

Readers will recall that the “Official” Recall Polis group distanced themselves from the petition campaign that comes to a close at the end of this week, suggesting that the task was so disproportionate to the resources available that the faction plowing ahead must be supported by Polis himself. And as that fateful deadline approaches, “ORCGJP” chairwoman Juli-Andra Fuentes wants you to know it was all one giant scammy scam-scam just like she told you:

Recalling a statewide official is an immense, difficult and expensive task as putting the recall issue on the ballot requires 631,266 valid signatures, and with a 30% rejection rate, means collecting over 900,000 signatures. Further, with only 60 days to conduct the recall (11,000 signatures a day), means that a statewide governor recall has much less time allotted than a statewide ballot initiative, which only requires about 100,000 valid signatures over 180-day period; still even ballot initiatives often fail.

The recall petition currently being distributed has not even come close to having the resources necessary to get on the ballot. Merely printing petition sections costs roughly $65,000 and those numbers generously assume $5 per section and 70 signature lines per section. According to the most recent campaign finance reports, Dismiss Polis, Resist Polis and Recall Et ALL combined, did not have enough to even cover printing costs and printing is only the first step. The best and most successful volunteer efforts have collected about 40,000 signatures over a six-month timeframe; with only approximately 3,000 Facebook followers, it would be unrealistic to expect Dismiss, Resist and Et ALL to collect 11,000+ signatures a day. Paid signature collectors cost between $3 to $15 a signature so, between that the cost of printing, the math is simple…

The organizers of Dismiss Polis, Resist Polis and Recall Et All are not going to get a recall on the ballot, and it is our belief that was by design. The undertaking of a project of this magnitude needed a tremendous amount of planning and resources for it to be successfully executed. As we all know, if elections have consequences then obviously so do recalls. The consequence of them filing a petition prematurely is they have likely ruined any chance to recall the governor at this time. [Pols emphasis]

Last week, 9NEWS reported that the “Official” Recall Polis campaign divested itself of a large percentage of its funds by writing a $29,000 check to Trump For Colorado. As the statement above indicates this is a committee winding down its operations, not planning to rise again from the ashes of what everyone expects will be a failed attempt to recall Gov. Polis come close of business Friday. As for the stillborn petition drive, we’ve heard rumors that they are “six digits short” of the needed 631,000 signatures to meet the minimum threshold–let alone the hundreds of thousands of additional signatures needed to cover the always-hefty percentage of invalid signers.

They’ll try to spin whatever they get, of course, but what will be no surprise is that their stated goal of 900,000 was a fool’s errand. We’ll be working backward from that figure to calculate just how egregiously this campaign has wasted all of our valuable time.

16 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. davebarnes says:

    Your ability to keep this straight (i.e. understand it) boggles my mind.

    I suggest that your next task is to explain what is happening in Parliament.

    • harrydoby says:

      It's quite simple, my dear sir.  Today Parliament requested that PM Johnson grasp his Brexit plan firmly in hand, align it directly below his posterior orifice and insert with all deliberate force.

      Prime Minister Boris Johnson was battered again on Wednesday as lawmakers from his own party and the opposition pressed ahead to stop his plan for leaving the European Union without an agreement — and then turned down his call for an election.

      By the end of another tumultuous day in Parliament, Mr. Johnson’s government had been shredded by no fewer than three defeats.

      After opposition and rebel Tory lawmakers seized control of the Brexit process from Mr. Johnson on Tuesday, they doubled down on Wednesday by advancing a bill to block a withdrawal from the European Union without a deal. Then, just hours later, they rejected Mr. Johnson’s request for a snap election, at least until their no-deal Brexit measure becomes the law of the land.

  2. MichaelBowman says:

    Does this mean they’re going to remove those old cattle trailers along I-76 with their bigly-sized ‘RecallPolis.com’ placards away from the edge of the hwy?  Maybe while they’re at it they could burn both of those Texas-sized ‘God Bless Donald Trump’ signs near Hudson? 

    For the record I had no less than four recall supporters in Yuma County assure me this weekend they had collected enough signatures to move ahead (after a spirited debate over the Impossible Burger).

  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    Best wishes to Juli-Andra Fuentes on her search for a cure to the scourge of Colorado’s premature petitionation . . . 

    . . . it’s a terrible epidemic circulating unchecked throughout our large bat-shitter community.

    She may be on the furthest noodle-headed side of the most unhinged and wacko fringe of our political chasm, but we can show her all the proper empathy she, and her fellow unsatisfied sufferers, deserve . . .

  4. notaskinnycook says:

    Do the posts about the El Paso County Republicans going broke, and this one about the recalls going bust have anything to do with each other? How much money did EPCO Republicans sink into this boondoggle?

    Things that make you go, “Hmmm…”

  5. RepealAndReplace says:

    Isn't tomorrow the deadline for this?

    • kwtree says:

      Yes, it is. I propose a drinking game – a sip of your beverage of choice for every 1000 signatures they are short.

      A swallow for every time they blame each other (different recall groups). 

      A big gulp every time they blame Polis himself, or some other conspiracy theory. 

      We have to stay hydrated, doncha know.

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