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Hickenlooper: No national message in Colorado gun-control recalls

- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 15, 2013

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says last week's victory by gun-rights voters in the state's recall elections shouldn't be seen as a litmus test for the rest of the nation — or even the rest of the state.

The Democratic governor, appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, said the recalls of two state lawmakers, both Democrats, who supported gun-control legislation he signed earlier this year were more about local politics.

"I'm not sure it has a national message or even a statewide message," he said. "These are very specific districts."

Asked if the recall indicated a broader unease with the Democratic Party's social agenda, including the support for gay marriage, the governor said that's "certainly possible. But I haven't felt that."

The governor seemed to take a swipe at New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who helped fund the anti-recall effort — something that might have backfired in Colorado, Mr. Hickenlooper said.

"There is a certain resentment. Outside money coming in is generally not welcome [in Colorado]," the governor said.

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