Senate President John Morse and his extreme, jobs-killing agenda should be recalled Sept. 10 and replaced with Bernie Herpin - a well-known moderate conservative public servant of Colorado Springs.
Votes to keep Morse will mostly benefit the billionaire mayor of New York, who has an agenda so extreme that most East Coast liberals can't accept it. Mayor Michael Bloomberg so wants Morse as a marionette that he spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep him in office.
We don't need the soda-banning, salt-banning, gun-grabbing mayor of New York controlling the star-struck senator of District 11.
Our city's police union - which would support a rational liberal Democrat - has minced no words in outing Morse as an impediment to public safety and policing. Sheriff Terry Maketa, the indefatigable public servant who brought order and safety to the Black Forest fire, warns against keeping Morse in office.
We don't agree with much of what Morse stands for, but this transcends political differences. Most Democrats in state government, including the governor and speaker of the house, lead without trying to harm those with opposing views. Morse, by contrast, silenced hundreds of Coloradans this year - including most of the state's sheriffs, who merely asked to address the Senate about crime, safety and guns. Morse authored and rushed through a substantial jobs-killing electric-rate hike that will burden Coloradans in areas that don't support his radical agenda. He supported a bill that directly benefits legislative trial lawyers who solicit employees to sue employers - just one of multiple anti-business, anti-jobs laws Morse helped impose.
Morse sponsored and rushed through a late-hour bill that removed almost all checks and balances that have traditionally ensured fair and honest elections in Colorado.
For whatever reason, the moderate Democrat who once commanded respect from supporters and detractors, has changed. Morse has become a brazen partisan who bullies, belittles and silences dissent. He no longer represents the interests of District 11 and appears obsessed with ideas we would expect from the New York mayor.
A vote for Morse is a vote against the interests of our local cops and sheriff. It is a vote against Second Amendment rights that our state has honored for 137 years. It is a vote against good employers and jobs. It is a vote against farmers. It is the choice to keep a politician who billed taxpayers a per-diem for 206 of 239 off-session days, turning a part-time position into a full-time job with lucrative pay.
Worst of all, a vote to keep Morse could give New York's mayor control over our community and state. We cannot afford more of the Bloomberg-Morse agenda. We cannot afford another legislative session like the last.
If recalled, District 11 will get a moderate conservative senator known for listening to all constituents and governing in the best interests of the majority. Regardless of outrageously deceitful ads that promote conspiracy theories, Herpin won't confiscate birth control or investigate miscarriages. He is on videotape as a religious man who respects life but would never use law to restrict contraception - much like former president John F. Kennedy. If anyone wants to control pregnant women, it's John Morse. He told The Gazette in 2010 of plans to restrict epidurals for women in rural hospitals.
The Gazette did not ask for or support a recall, but thousands in District 11 demanded one after Morse made mockery of public service this year. Substantial numbers of his constituents are miserable. So are thousands of other Coloradans who will pay for Morse laws that eliminate jobs and make life harder for all but the political elite.
Recall John Morse and reject the New York mayor's power grab. Elect Bernie Herpin, restoring harmony, justice and local control to Colorado Springs.