|Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R), center, flanked by Tim Knight, who led the recall |
movement in Colorado against two state legislators for their support of gun-control
laws, and Jennifer Kerns, founder of Free California
Recalling Anti-Gun Democrats
Prediction: The California GOP will hide under their
desks in fear of offending someone, somewhere.
To recall Socialist anti-gun Democrats the people will have to take matters into their own hands.
A few years ago when recalls were launched against tax increasing Republican they failed. The state and local GOP leaderships protected the tax increasers.
The strategists who orchestrated recalls of two Democratic state senators in Colorado are bringing their campaign to California, where legislators passed a series of gun-control measures earlier this year.
Jennifer Kerns, a former California Republican Party spokeswoman and the consultant behind the Colorado recalls, said Thursday that her group would begin collecting the signatures necessary to oust several state legislators.
This month, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed several bills that will restrict sales of high-capacity magazines and access to firearms for the mentally ill. But Brown vetoed two bills the National Rifle Association had threatened to take to court reports the Washington Post.
One bill would have defined some rifles and shotguns as assault weapons; another would have banned semi-automatic rifles.
Both measures, introduced by Democrats, passed on party-line votes.
“The Second Amendment, I think, is the new third rail in politics,” Kerns said in an interview. “Because it’s not just a budget vote or a procedural vote, it’s a constitutional right.
“Make no mistake, the gun bills Jerry Brown signed were the strictest in the nation. As of last spring, we thought Colorado had the strictest in the nation. California just surpassed that,” Kerns said.
Republican Assembly members Tim Donnelly, Brian Jones and Shannon Grove will help spearhead the recall initiative. At a news conference Thursday, Donnelly, who is also running for governor, said the Democrats’ votes for gun-control legislation was cause enough to mount the recall efforts.
“Every single assemblyman and state senator swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution,” Donnelly said, according to local news outlets. “When they violate that oath by trying to erase the Second Amendment, I think we have a duty for those who swore that oath to remove that threat.”
Kerns said her coalition, which includes Gun Owners of California and will operate under a 501(c)(4) umbrella group dubbed Free California, will weigh how California legislators voted on a dozen gun-control bills, and the political performance of their districts, before kicking off drives against specific members.
But she told California media outlets that five Democratic incumbents were likely to be targets of the recall efforts — Assembly Speaker John Perez, Assemblywomen Lorena Gonzalez and Sharon Quirk-Silva, and state Sens. Ben Hueso and Norma Torres.
“I think the list will continue to evolve. We’re still looking at the numbers,” Kerns said in an interview.
State law [pdf] allows voters to recall legislators by collecting thousands of signatures. Recall backers must turn in a number of signatures equal to 12 percent of the total number of votes cast in the previous election.
That means recall backers will have to collect more than 15,800 valid signatures to recall Quirk-Silva, who represents an Orange County district, or as few as 3,055 signatures to recall Gonzalez, who was elected to a San Diego area seat in a special election this year.
2009 California Recall Attempts
Conservative voters were pissed off at corrupt Republican legislators voting
to fuck the people with higher taxes. Recall attempts were started and failed.
Naturally the "moderate" GOP circled the wagons to protect the tax increasers.
Senator Roy Ashburn, 18th Senate District (Inyo, Kern, San Bernardino, and Tulare counties) Filed by Michael Moore and 50 others (3/10/09) Failed to qualify for the ballot
Senator Roy Ashburn, 18th Senate District (Inyo, Kern, San Bernardino, and Tulare counties) Filed by Michael Moore and 79 others (3/20/09) Failed to qualify for the ballot
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Filed by John D. Fusek and 110 others (3/20/09) Failed to qualify for the ballot
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Filed by ET Snell and 112 others (3/23/09) Failed to qualify for the ballot
Assemblyman Anthony Adams, 59th Assembly District (Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties) Filed by ET Snell and 112 others (3/23/09) Failed to qualify for the ballot
Assemblyman Anthony Adams, 59th Assembly District (Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties) Filed by David Bartels and 54 others (4/13/09) Failed to qualify for the ballot
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Filed by John D. Fusek and 119 others (4/17/09) Failed to qualify for the ballot
Assemblyman Jim Silva, 67th Assembly District (Orange County) Filed by Bradford Bach and 49 others (4/20/09) Failed to qualify for the ballot
Senator Bob Huff, 29th Senate District (Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties) Filed by Paul Griffin and 49 others (5/06/09) Failed to qualify for the ballot
Assemblyman Jeff Miller, 71st Assembly District (Orange and Riverside counties) Filed by Jeffrey Sawyer and 48 others (5/19/09) Failed to qualify for the ballot