2 Colorado Gun Recall Elections Moving Ahead
Guns isn’t the only issue, but it was the final straw,” Elson said.
The sentiment is echoed elsewhere in Pueblo County, where Giron is described by her critics as arrogant and out of touch.
“I don’t know how to respond to that because I don’t think I am,” she said, adding that she’s confident she will survive the Sept. 10 recall election.
“Families fight, but in the end they come together,” she said.
Pueblo native Mary Alice Mandarich, an influential lobbyist at the state Capitol, said the county’s political history should make it no surprise that some Democrats are targeting one of their own.
Elsewhere in Colorado where voter registration favors one side, politicians generally serve out their terms unchallenged by their own party. Not in Pueblo, where Democrats have taken on Democratic incumbents and won, and political tales often are punctuated with a “That’s Pueblo.”
“It’s a different dynamic down here, that’s for sure,” said Victor Head, the Pueblo Republican who spearheaded Giron’s recall effort.
Giron is one of four Democratic state lawmakers targeted for recall after the legislature passed stricter gun measures this session. Efforts against two lawmakers sputtered and failed, but petitioners succeeded in forcing recall elections for Giron and Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs.
Giron, who has lived in Pueblo for all but the first five of her 53 years, has served in the Senate since 2010, when she was appointed to fill the remainder of Sen. Abel Tapia’s term after the Pueblo Democrat resigned to run the Colorado Lottery. Senate District 3 includes almost 90 percent of Pueblo County, including all of Pueblo and Pueblo West.