DENVER - They managed to boot two Democrats out of the state senate. Now, organizers of September's historic recalls are turning their sights on Colorado Republicans.
The leaders of the two recall efforts joined together at the state capitol to denounce the state GOP on Monday. They say Republican leaders tried to get in the way of the recalls of Senators John Morse and Angela Giron, and that the state GOP didn't pay money it promised to help cover legal expenses.
They think state Republicans were afraid that they might someday be targets of future recall efforts.
"But then to run into resistance from what you would assume to be your own team, the team that would help you, that was the most surprising, and the hardest barriers to get through," Victor Head, Giron recall organizer, said. "We expected the push back from Democrats. We didn't expect it from Republicans."
State GOP chairman Ryan Call was not available for an interview on Monday, but his office did send 9NEWS a breakdown of the $80,000-worth of support they put into the recall, and an email exchange in which recall staff asked the GOP chair not to come to their press conference because it wouldn't look good.
His office released a statement Monday night:
"The Colorado GOP has provided and paid for the legal support that was promised. Without this vital support, it is very likely the recall process would have stopped in the courts, and Angela Giron and John Morse would still be in office."
The new GOP state senators are scheduled to be sworn into office next week.
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