Democrats Pick Morgan Carroll as Senate President

As The Denver Post reports:

Morgan Carroll

New Senate President Morgan Carroll (D-Aurora)

Carroll, an Aurora Democrat who served as majority leader, received unanimous consent from her colleagues and will become the second woman in Colorado history to lead the Senate.

Sen. Rollie Heath, a Boulder Democrat, was voted majority leader…

"These aren't the circumstances where anyone hopes to be taking the presidency of the Senate," Carroll said. "That said, we are really looking forward to moving forward and getting ready for next year's session."

Carroll said the caucus will look to address taking care of those impacted by recent and deadly floods and wildfires and creating jobs.

There had been rumblings since the Sept. 10th recall, mostly planted by Republicans, that Democrats might select a more "moderate" President as opposed to Carroll, a well-known champion of progressive causes. The fact that Carroll was approved by unanimous consent shows that Democrats are keeping their heads and not overreacting to the recall of Senate President John Morse.

As the former Majority Leader, Carroll was the obvious choice to become the new Senate President and continue the leadership that won Democrats control of the legislature in the first place. Choosing anyone but Carroll would have been a serious mistake by Democrats and a misreading of the political tea leaves. Yes, Morse was recalled, but by a mere 343 votes in a district that he barely won in 2010 anyway (and without a mail-ballot election, which would have benefited Morse). Morse and Sen. Angela Giron did lose their seats to a recall, but two other recall attempts failed; more importantly, polling showed that Colorado voters opposed the recall efforts by a 2-1 margin.

If Democrats are going to maintain their majority in the State Senate in 2014, it will be by doing the things in 2010 and 2012 that resonated with voters across the state. Carroll was a big reason that Democrats were successful in 2010 and 2012, playing a significant role in the strategy behind the senate majority campaign efforts. Passing over Carroll and taking the recall election as anything more than a symbolic loss would have validated the Tea Party attempts to "rule by recall."

Democrats did not change course and choose a different leadership — and they will be better for it in 2014.

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  1. The realist says:

    Pols, absolutely agree with your conclusion.


  2. Duke Cox says:

    Big Morgan Carroll fan here…

    Way to go, Dems.

  3. mamajama55 says:

    Morgan Carroll is a good choice. Senator Lucia Guzman did a great job as Pro Tempore President, too.

    So the Republican bid to take back the Colorado Senate has several new quirks:

    Republican Lawyer Mario Nicolais from Hackstaff (formerly Hackstaff Gessler) law firm, and registered agent for any number of right wing 527 political groups, has declared candidacy for Senate District 22, Andy Kerr's seat, my old stomping grounds in Lakewood. Nicolais has about $6K on hand for his candidacy.

    In addition to the new  recall effort against Senator Hudak, the recall effort against Senator McLachlan is still an active committee with $2200 cash on hand.

    As I've commented before, there is an active committee to recall Rep.Rhonda Fields, as well, though with her 71% approval ratings in her district, that's probably a Republican wet dream.

    Anyway, I guess that the Senate is seen as the easier target. This never was about guns, people. Sorry, plumbers from Pueblo. You got had.

  4. nota33 says:

    Very good choice.

  5. Konola says:

    I am a Morgan Carroll Fan! I love this decision.

  6. itlduso says:

    She is a true talent.  Yahoo!

  7. n3b says:

    Morgan Carroll is an extremist trial lawyer ambulance chaser who never met a bleeding heart feel good anti business bill she didn't like.

    So naturally, Colorado Pols loves her.

    • mamajama55 says:

      Tell us how you really feel, N3B.

      Seriously, what specific legislation are you mad about?

      • BlueCat says:

        Bet n3b would have to research that and get back to you. Probably has no idea what Carroll did or did not vote for. Don't hold your breath. 

        If there was a such thing as Rightie Scrabble where, instead of words, you had to see how many rightie talking points you could string together on any given subject, n3b's comment would be worth a boatload of points. So sad  in real scrabble you have to be smart and have an extensive vocabulary.


        • The realist says:

          Rightie Scrabble – great idea, just in time for Holiday giving!


          • slavdude says:

            Actually, it reminds me of Mad Libs.  Maybe there should be a rightie version of that, but it couldn't be called "Mad Libs", since its potential buyers might think it refers to liberals.  How about "Mad Cons"?

            • mamajama55 says:

              I like it. Let me work on that.

              • The realist says:

                OMG, we need an entire Mad Cons diary!


                • ClubTwitty says:

                  Never before has our nation been in such ____noun______.  A ________ adjective____ is now in the White House and plotting _____adjective_________ to destroy the very __________noun _____upon which this __noun___ was founded.

                  • ClubTwitty says:

                    sorry, second modifier shoudl be 'adverb'…


                    • ClubTwitty says:

                      Clearly I should not write Mad Cons, that first modifer is actually a _________adjective__ followed by _________noun__.  For instance

                      Never before has our nation been in such ____noun______ . A ________ adjective____  _noun____ is now in the White House and plotting _____adverb_________ to destroy the very __________noun _____upon which this __noun___ was founded. 

                      Might become:

                      Never before has our nation been in such vacuum cleaner. A purple beanbag is now in the White House and plotting funnily to destroy the very internet browser upon which this convenience store was founded. 


                  • mamajama55 says:

                    1noun_.  alien 2adjective_slimy____3adjective_shitty_________4

                    noun  owl__noun   ____condom 

                    Never before has our nation been in such alien.  A _slimy ____ is now in the White House and plotting shitty_________ to destroy the very owl _____upon which this __condom__ was founded. –

                    Well, I like it!

    • nota33 says:

      You worthless right wing nuts know all about being extremists.

    • Hawkeye-X says:

      Fuck off, n3b. You lost. And lost big. Now, take your asskicking like a man, asshole.


    • Curmudgeon says:

      Why are Conservatards so afraid of a Strong Liberal Woman?

    • langelomisterioso says:

      N3bbish Were I ever so lucky as to have you meet my ex-Ranger friend you'd probably  be looking for a lawyer to garner damages for your broken digits and the damage from learning about truly "concealed" weapons. I suppose that like most wingnuts asking you to be specific on the "anti-business" is a question you can not answer.



  8. roccoprahn says:

    I agree with the conclusion as well.

    If we've learned anything, it's that we're in the second southern rebellion. This is a war of good ideas vs "I got mine you go to hell" extremists, and if we're going to prevail, we will need to accept the facts in front of us. A little more than 38% of the country is so enraged by the very idea of a black President, they're willing to chuck everything. (Untill, that is, they see the shitstorm on the other side).

    In response, Colorado has to have as the Captain of the Senate a dirt and spit street fighter that's not afraid to go toe to toe with the worst of the republican slime on the Hill. When you think of cadman, baumgardner, the newbie herpin, renfroe, sheffel, lundberg, balmer, harvey, and crowder, hill and king, just to mention a few of the "toughguy" wannabees in that spiders' nest, the first thing that comes to mind is a bunch of schoolyard bullies that don't know or care about civility or procedure (check out hill's embarrassing tirade that got him ass kicked by Evie Hudak) but simply rely on intimidation, bullshit, threats, and predictions.

    Morgan Carroll is exactly the person that will put lundberg on his wallet, give herpin the doughboy finger, and tell renfroe to leave his christ-ie immitations at the house. We've seen her in action, I'm thrilled she got the nod.

    Senator Morse, we've lost a minor skirmish to the idiots. I'm sorry your decency and ethics cost you your job. But we will win this war.

  9. MADCO says:

    When does her recall begin?

  10. DavidThi808 says:

    Thi is really good news. I think Morgan has the political moxie to be successful with a one vote majority. And her instincts for what to do tend to be spot on.

  11. ClubTwitty says:

    Talk about an ambulance chaser…

    Here is a Tea Party wingnut columnist trial lawyer…

  12. Ray Springfield says:

    I will support Morgan for any ofice hse seeks in the futre,

  13. Ray Springfield says:

    oh well..the point is clear.

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