Two recall-related news items today, the first a joint release from Senate President John Morse and Senator Angela Giron challenging the new spot from Free Colorado–as we discussed yesterday, this is the spot that misquotes Morse's speech in March on the gun safety bills, falsely claiming that Morse said gun owners have "a sickness on their souls."
The first half of the ad repeats a thoroughly deceptive misrepresentation of a speech Sen. Morse during the 2013 Legislative session.
Sen. Morse quoted from a speech delivered by Robert F. Kennedy, in the wake of the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr., in which Kennedy stated: “But this much is clear, violence breeds violence, repression breeds retaliation, and only a cleansing of our whole society can remove this sickness from our souls.”
In a blatant effort to mislead the public, the ad maliciously omits the reference to RFK and applies words Sen. Morse did not say in the speech. The speech was about the senseless violence we see in America and was delivered a few months after the Newtown shooting of 20 kids.
“To insinuate that I referred to gun owners as a 'sickness from our souls' is obscene,” says Sen. John Morse. “As a former police officer and a gun owner myself, I believe in the right to bear arms. And as a legislator, I am committed to making our whole society healthier and safer.” [Pols emphasis]
Sen. Giron's beef with Free Colorado's ad is the assertion that Giron supporters used "thugs" to harass recall proponents–fevered allegations notwithstanding, no proof of this has ever emerged.
The second item is a campaign finance complaint filed by a Colorado Springs resident against SD-11 candidate Bernie Herpin. It's an interesting complaint: as you may know, the ballot for the recall election has two questions. The first, whether or not the officeholder should be recalled, is considered an issue question under campaign finance law, while the question on a successor is a candidate election. The problem is that Herpin has spent money advocating for a "yes" vote on the recall without filing the appropriate committee for that. The complaint cites as evidence a door hanger labeled "paid for by Bernie Herpin" that points to the Recall Morse website–an issue committee property that doesn't mention candidates.