UPDATE #4: Here’s the official word from the Colorado Secretary of State’s office:
UPDATE #3: Via Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, the “Summer of Recalls” ends with even less of a whimper than first reported:
Proponents for the petition to recall @Leroy_Garcia submitted signatures for review earlier today. The petition contained 4 signatures. To be sufficient, 13,506 valid signatures are required. Therefore the petition is insufficient. #copolitics #coleg
— Colorado Sec. of State (@COSecofState) October 18, 2019
Four signatures. We could not have imagined in our wildest dreams a more pathetic waste of time.
UPDATE #2: Colorado Democratic Party chair Morgan Carroll’s statement:
“The people of Colorado spoke loud and clear, and sent a message to the sore losers and con artists running these sham recalls — they don’t want their 2018 decisions to be overturned. The voters of these districts chose dedicated public servants — like Puebloan and Marine veteran Leroy Garcia — because they knew these state Senators and Representatives would fight for Colorado values at the State Capitol. The fact Colorado Republican Party chair Ken Buck kicked off his term as chair by promising to ‘teach Democrats how to spell R-E-C-A-L-L’ shows just how out of touch leadership in the Colorado GOP really is.”
“It’s incredibly vindicating that these desperate attempts by the Republicans were rejected so decisively. Now, Colorado can continue to move forward and our Democratic legislators can get back to doing the work of the people without interference from these cynical distractions.”
UPDATE: The Denver Post’s headline captures the magnitude of the failure succinctly:
The 0.009% has spoken!
Photo courtesy Colorado Times Recorder
That’s the word from the Colorado Sun’s Jesse Paul–the “summer of recalls” is officially over:
Friday was the deadline by which they had to turn in 13,506 valid signatures from voters in the Pueblo Democrat’s Senate District 3.
The campaign says they will turn in some signatures, but that the amount will not be sufficient to force a special recall election.
And this positively wacky update from reporter Marianne Goodland:
Recall organizers turned in about 120 signatures to recall @Leroy_Garcia instead of the 13,506 required by law. Volunteer Dave DeCenzo said they are not turning in the rest for fear of intimidation. @colo_politics #coleg #copolitics
— Marianne Goodland (@MGoodland) October 18, 2019
We’ll have many more updates as they come in–but keep in mind that in recent days there was at least some expressed hope from Republican usual suspects of a surprise in the recall petition drive against Senate President Leroy Garcia, driven in part by the head start afforded them by the 2013 recall list still in their possession.
Obviously, that didn’t work out, but they were still trying to bullshit their way forward as recently as this morning:
Republican organizers seeking to recall state Senate President Leroy Garcia have just arrived at the Secretary of State’s Office to return petitions. They need 13,506 to force a recall election. They say they have no idea how many signatures are in these boxes. pic.twitter.com/MNktJpiEV5
— Alex Burness (@alex_burness) October 18, 2019
“They say they have no idea how many signatures are in these boxes.” Can they not count past 100?
With this final ignominious end to the last of the once-feared campaign of recall retaliation by Republicans convinced that the 2018 landslide victory for Democrats in Colorado was a fluke, the Republican leadership who backed and, in the case of the disastrous recall attempt against Rep. Tom Sullivan principally organized these failed recalls have now wrecked their own credibility and demoralized the Republican base. Colorado Republicans next have to reckon with a lost year of failure that has left them weakened and disorganized ahead of what is shaping up to be another historic wave year for Democrats.
We wish we could tell Republicans this is the bottom. It probably isn’t.
RECALL ALEC GARNETT!
RECALL JESSE DANIELSON!
RECALL STEVE FEINBERG!
RECALL RHONDA FIELDS!
And pass the collections can!
I take glee in the idea that they could fall further
There is no bottom. When they hit rock bottom, they discover a sub-cellar.
fund raising all the way
I'm curious …
The Committee to Recall Leroy Garcia raised about $14,900, spent about $13,000, mostly on advertising, office rent, and yard signs, plus $2,000 for attorney fees to Randy Corporon. Also another ~ $3k on polling and “consultants”, as Pols reported. https://www.coloradopols.com/diary/129483/ben-engen-cashes-in-on-moribund-garcia-recall
Only about $300 was spent on printing – possibly explaining how few petitions they had.. They filed October 7, and TRACER says they have no other filings due.
Hey- those guys were doing well to carry the box and the few sheets in each.
As a long time registered Republican, I'd like to "thank" Ken Buck, Kristi Burton Brown, and Patrick Neville for making our party look like a bunch of confused idiots, with their recalls.
And again I ask the boys over at Colorado Peak Politics….when are you going to open up your blog for commenters?
You can comment on their Facebook page.
Peak’s page does claim that the Recall Garcia “Signature Goal was reached.” Mmm hmmm
I hate to be the math police, but 0.009% of 13,506 is 1.
OK, so which of the two bozos from Hee Haw in the photo failed to sign his name to the petition?
Hey, Hee Haw was a good show, even if it was broadcast from "Cornfield County." And it featured really good musicians like Buck Owens, Roy Clark et al.
Amen to that. The late, great Roy Clark rarely showed off, but the dude was a virtuoso guitarist.
Buck Owens was awesome.
Roy Clark not my zone- but talented
God, I loved Hee Haw as a kid and would cry if I missed it.
well done – you should get a hat.
Kudos to these brave patriots for protecting the stump-jumping cretin community from voter intimidation.
I love that Junior Samples character!
Junior Samples lives!
Are those two the best Pueblo Republicans can offer to represent them?
Moderatus’s blue dress was out at the cleaners, perhaps?
If you look solely at percentages, the Polis recall people did a lot better.
Assuming they were being truthful in their assertions that they collected 300,000 valid signatures.
Yeah, assuming …
This Garcia campaign went from "enough, but we may not have enough valid signatures" to 120 to 4 in three or four days.
I wonder if Moddy/Poddy in the Soiled Blue Dress will get his money back from all those recall efforts he threw his money at.
1. How much did they pay Moderatus to do their counting for them?
2. Insufficient number of valid signatures. Rounding error, perhaps?
I can't decide if the four signatures is the best part, or the turning them in in two Bud cases is.
“Thems was full when we left Pueblo.”
The dog ate ‘em?
Full of beer, maybe.
I assume the 4 sigs are those of the stump-jumpers in the photos and their sisters/spouses.
How did Moddy not have time to sign the petition? Or did he just not sign it correctly because he's not smart enough to know how?
The latter, in all likelihood. Affixing a handwritten signature, along with the other info needed for one of these petitions, requires a level of literacy Moderatus simply does not possess.
…and yet, here we sit with him on the federal payroll. <smh>
Fabulously well snarked!.
Sallloooot! . . .
So $14,900 raised by the Recall Garcia Committee, including Victor Head’s $5,000, for 4 signatures. That’s um….$3,725 and change per signature. Damnnnnnnnn.
I wonder what they charge for a fraudulent vote?
So Buck taught Democrats how to spell R – E – C – A – L – L while simultaneously making the Colorado Republican Party look foolish. The optics for the Republicans is about as bad as it can get.
Four signatures – total – that's it!
Wanker Repubs sing this song:
Wanker Repubs get it wrong.
Cash is what they crave.
On the make all night
On the make all day.
15 grand bought just four sigs
Cash is what they crave.
V – nice touch on the rhymes.
to quibble — Rather than a minstrel song, isn't it more suitable to have a solemn hymn or dirge — even at a badly attended funeral?
How can you be solemn when mocking wanker pols?
I do admit "A Whiter Shade of Pale" has possibilities and will file the suggestion for future reference.
If mike pencetakes over from Trump, maybe "A Whiter Shade of Orange." ?
That right there is brilliant.
Angie GirOn is probably saying, “Where were these morons when I was subject to a recall?”