Hudak fights recall drive in Colo. with D.C. cash

Funds aggressive effort to stay in office

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“I support what I believe is right. I’m a part of the labor movement and that’s all I’ll tell you,” said a young man with an anti-recall sign and a “Sheet Metal Workers” T-shirt who declined to give his name.

Nearby, Audrey Kline, a recent Arvada West High School graduate who held a homemade “Gun Owners for Hudak” sign, said that Mrs. Hudak’s votes in favor of three gun-control bills had no impact on her gun rights.

“In fact, I feel safer because the bills were passed,” said Ms. Kline. “This is not about guns. It’s about a majority in the Senate, and Evie’s been one of the most supportive people in the Senate of what I believe in.”

Democrats hold an 18 to 17 majority in the state Senate, which would flip if Mrs. Hudak were recalled and succeeded by a Republican. Analysts agree that Democrats would never allow that, and would push instead for Mrs. Hudak to resign and be replaced by another Democrat if the recall petitions qualify.

Even if Mrs. Hudak were to resign, those in favor of the recall said they hoped the campaign would send a message to the state legislature, which has been described as the most liberal in state history.

“I’m a third-generation Coloradoan, and this isn’t the Colorado I grew up in,” said Bob Kagohara, wearing a pro-Second Amendment T-shirt and holding a “Recall Hudak” sign. “People from California have moved in and turned it into a Bloomberg state.”

He was referring to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, whose group Mayors Against Illegal Guns lobbied for the Colorado gun-control measures.

“Because of the John Morse and Angela Giron recalls, that got a lot of interest going in this district,” said Mr. Kagohara. “So there’s more interest, but at the same time, she’s got her people organized, too.”

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