New York Mayor Tries to Buy Springs Election

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New York Mayor Tries to Buy Springs Election


The soda-banning mayor of New York would like to control Colorado with the help of state Senate President John Morse.

Anyone who has followed or researched Morse knows of an odd, hard- left turn that led to his possible recall.

The once-moderate Springs Democrat rolled over constituents this year, shut down public discussion and attempted laws so extreme they would have cost us countless jobs. He tried to force our firefighters into a union, even though Springs voters have rejected the idea twice.

"Cleansing a sickness from our soul doesn't come easily," Morse said on the Senate floor while discussing a jobs-killing bill that would have made gunmakers liable for crimes committed with guns.

The Morse agenda has gone so extreme he managed to generate no- holds-barred opposition from the Colorado Springs Police Protective Association. Public employee unions typically support Democrats, but our cops know a dangerous agenda when they see one.

So extreme is the Morse platform that Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who listens to and cares about opposing views, would benefit politically from a Morse defeat. Hickenlooper had to run behind-the-scenes interference to keep Morse from effectively killing Colorado's oil and gas production. A Morse defeat would also benefit Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandino and other Democrats who respect opposing views and represent all Coloradans.

The John Morse hard-left turn became less mysterious Tuesday when the secretary of state reported a $350,000 personal donation from billionaire New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to support Morse and fellow recall defendant Angela Giron, a Democratic Pueblo senator. We wonder if Morse has become more concerned with winning the favor of extreme, nationally prominent East Coast liberals than with representing interests of Colorado Springs.

Democrats are often smart about guns. Even the National Rifle Association has supported Democrat-led efforts toward tighter background checks to keep guns from felons and people with serious mental illnesses. …

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