On Channel 12's "Colorado Inside Out" Friday, , the Independence Institute's Dave Kopel, whose gun connections run deep, said it's a "tall hill to climb" for the Hudak-recall campaign to collect 19,000 signatures required to trigger a vote on the recall measure.
Today, speaking on KNUS radio, Hudak-recall spokeswoman Laura Waters (appearing with her colleague Mike McAlpine) confirmed Kopel's prediction, saying that her campaign has been struggling up hill of late.
Waters @32:00: Well, we've had a little bit of a slow week, a little bit of weather, a little big of distraction, a little bit of opposition. And so we're a little bit behind right now in our numbers where we want to be. The rumor mill is floating that we're turning in our petitions next week. That could not be further from the truth. We're not ready. We're not there yet.
On Channel 12, during the top-rated (by me) public affairs show, "Colorado Inside Out," Kopel said: "It’s tough because Hudak was elected in a presidential-election cycle year. The minimum number of signatures you need as a fraction of the votes you got is much higher. It’s a tall hill to climb."
Kopel, whose libertarian Independence Institute opposes Colorado's new gun-safety laws, said it's up to Dudley Brown's Rocky Mountain Gun Owners to perform the "large feat" of collecting the signatures.
Kopel: "We will see if his organization [Rocky Mountain Gun Owners] has the on-the-ground competence to do large feat of signature gathering," said Kopel.