KUSA- About the time most of us get home from work, two state senators lace up their shoes each night, going door-to-door trying to save their jobs.
Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) and Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) are fending off recall elections set for Sept. 10.
Early voting has already begun in Giron's district.
When they encounter voters who don't agree with their votes to pass new gun control laws, (http://on9news.tv/15XdHlj ) the Senators instead target the recall itself, arguing it's too expensive and mires the legislative process in constant campaigning.
"If the recall succeeds it's going to become a political tactic for both parties," Morse said. "I don't think there's any question about that."
On her nightly rounds, Giron shared her side's philosophy with one undecided voter: that the recall isn't in the state constitution to punish lawmakers for votes on one issue or another.
"I think it was in there so we could get someone out really quickly if there was fraudulent or unethical behavior," Giron said. "That's not what I'm being accused of."
However, both senators acknowledge Colorado law doesn't specify what reasons justify a recall.
"Asking legislators and higher ups in general how they feel about recalls is kind of like asking your employee how they feel about being fired," said Victor Head, who organized the recall of Giron. "I mean, of course they don't like it! Of course, they're going to say 'no, no, no, you should never use that!"
Head spends much of his day making yard signs by hand using a stencil and can of spray paint.
"It's less than half the cost," Head said.
His campaign ran out of printed signs awhile ago.
The group's TV ads are equally low-budget (http://bit.ly/15GhPHH)
Head is concerned about big donations to help defend the senators. (http://on9news.tv/12J2qFx )
Defenders of both Morse ( http://bit.ly/1duAQC0 ) and Giron ( http://bit.ly/1dYIgw1 ) are on the air in the Colorado Springs market, pushing hard to keep them in office.
The most notable donation is $350,000 from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a prominent advocate for gun control.
Morse concedes that out-of-state groups are supporting the new gun laws, but says opponents are overstating the role those groups play.
"This started with the Aurora shooting," said Morse. "This didn't start with anything to do with new York City for crying out loud. And now, yes, there's money from all across the country involved in this recall election."
The recalls are a multi-million dollar affair that are as much about guns as they are about the role the recall will play in Colorado's political future.
This is the first time any sitting state legislator has successfully been held to a recall election.
"I think if we can defeat this, then we can put the tactic of recall to bed from a political process," Morse said.
Even if the recalls fail, the supporters feel, in a way, that they've already won.
"Even if we didn't take 'em down totally, we rattled their cage," Head said. "I don't want to be gruesome, but we made 'em bleed."
In less than two weeks, we'll see which side claims victory.
The recall is a yes or no question.
If more than half the voters say yes, the second question on the ballot asks who will should replace the Senator.
There is only one of those names on each ballot, Republicans in both cases.
In Colorado Springs, it's former Colorado Springs City Councilman Bernie Herpin.
In Pueblo, it's former city police officer George Rivera.
(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)