Does State GOP Chair still think Hudak recall election will “undermine” GOP hopes for next year’s election?

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Three weeks ago, KDVR's Eli Stokols reported that Ryan Call, Chair of the Colorado Republican Party, had some harsh words to say about the recall election of Democratic State Senator Evie Hudak:

Call: "This recall election would undermine our efforts in the governor’s race, the U.S. Senate race and to win a senate majority if voters perceive that Republicans are trying to win a majority through recalls.”

“The job of the Republican Party is to get Republicans elected when there are regular elections,” said Colorado GOP Chairman Ryan Call. “And there are already a lot of things competing for our time, attention and resources. [BigMedia emphasis]

In a different media environment Thursday, on conservative talk radio, Call reiterated that the State Party won't back the petition-gathering effort to recall Hudak, but he said the State Party would be "all in" if a recall election takes place, "just like we were in the recall elections in Colorado Springs and Pueblo."

Call: "The principled purpose and objective of the Republican Party is to support Republicans in elections. So, as soon as there was an election, and as soon as there is a Republican candidate [in Colorado Springs and Pueblo recall elections], the State Party was all in to help support that effort, and we would do the same if enough citizens, again, Republican, Democrat, unaffiliated voters, sign recall petitions [for Hudak recall election]. We want to honor and respect the will of the citizens…. We’ll be all in just like we were in the recall elections in Colorado Springs and Pueblo."

Call's tone on KNUS' Kelley and Company Oct. 24 had changed dramatically from three weeks ago when he was saying that the Hudak recall election would "undermine" (as in kill, destroy, stop, lose, end, flatten) Republican hopes for next year. What happened to his view that it's his job to support Republicans in "regular" elections?

Host Steve Kelley should have Call back on the show to find out what's changed in the past three weeks or whether Call has one set of talking points for talk radio and another for news outlets where professional journalists live and work.

Partial Transcript of appearance of Ryan Call on KNUS Oct. 24:

Call: The State Party directed over $120,000 in support of those two Republican candidates in recalls in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.

Kelley: You were not behind that effort personally either were you?

Call: That’s the point. The principled purpose and objective of the Republican Party is to support Republicans in elections. So, as soon as there was an election, and as soon as is a Republican candidate, the State Party was all in to help support that effort, and we would do the same if enough citizens, again, Republican, Democrat, unaffiliated voters sign recall petitions. We want to honor and respect the will of the citizens.

Kelley: Why wouldn’t you then offer financial support to the folks on the front end?

Call: Once a recall is ordered, once there is a demonstrated desire on the part of the citizens to have an election, the State Party will step in. That’s our role. Other outside groups can push for recall elections. We won’t stand in their way. What we need to be prepared, with resources and organizational help and support, to help elect a Republican candidate as a successor if a recall election is ordered. We’ll be all in just like we were in the recall elections in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.

4 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    Do the recall people have a successor candidate in mind? I don't see anything on their website or publicity indicating this. The petition language posted on the recallhudaktoo website does not specifically call for a successor candidate, even though this became a bone of legal contention in the Morse and Giron recalls:

    Whereas Senator Evie Hudak has sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States and of the State of Colorado, she has blatantly disregarded her oath. She has infringed upon our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. She has voted to make all citizens less safe and to drive hundreds of jobs from Colorado. She has limited, denied or otherwise refused to hear testimony from citizens holding views incompatible with her own. She has rushed legislation on important issues, including billion-dollar spending and tax bills while ignoring the voice of the people. So cavalier is Senator Hudak toward the legislative process that she suggested a coin flip to decide major tax legislation. She has offended the sensibilities of men and women by openly insulting women and rape victims. She has voted for legislation that continues to raise taxes on the hard-working citizens of Colorado. In these instances and more, in word and deed, Senator Hudak has turned her back on we citizens of Colorado and our Constitution. It is clear Senator Hudak has dishonored her sworn oath and commitment. Accordingly, we the citizens of Colorado must exercise our right to recall Senator Hudak from office.

    So Judge Hyatt ruled last July that the word "recall" implicitly means that a successor candidate was planned. But isn't it disingenuous, at least, to gather signatures for a recall without naming a replacement candidate?

    Any word from anyone in the know about the plans for a successor in District 19?

     

  2. n3bn3b says:

    Just stop talking and write those checks, Ryan.

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