New TV ad blasts Morse for ‘sickness from our souls’ comment

Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, and Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo,  both face recall elections against them on Sept. 10.

Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, and Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo, both face recall elections against them on Sept. 10.

DENVER — Earlier this week, backers of Senate President John Morse blasted Jon Caldara, president of the conservative Independence Institute, for misquoting the embattled lawmaker.

Caldara blasted Morse, who faces a recall election next month for his support of gun control legislation, for a speech he gave on the Senate floor back in March when he attempted to quote a Robert F. Kennedy speech about violence given just weeks after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

‚ÄúThis much is clear, violence breeds violence, repression breeds retaliation, and only a cleansing of our whole society can remove this sickness from our souls,” Morse said back in March.

He was talking about the scourge of violence — gun violence, specifically; but, in Caldara’s telling, Morse was “saying we gun owners, we have a sickness in our souls.”

This week, Morse’s campaign released a video calling out Caldara’s misquote and offering Morse’s statement in context.

The folks at Free Colorado, the group that staged a rally earlier this summer drawing more than 5,000 gun owners to Glendale for a magazine giveaway, aren’t too concerned with that context.

In a new minute-long ad set to hit the airwaves in Colorado Springs Sunday, a narrator uses snippets of Morse’s floor speech and then informs the audience that the lawmaker was saying that gun owners have the “sickness [in their] souls” — and that when he referred to the “toxicity” of gun violence he was actually talking about gun owners.

The second half of the ad attacks Giron, alleging that her supporters were “caught on camera slipping cash to political thugs as thanks for harassing recall supporters.”

With Morse and Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo, facing recall elections on Sept. 10, supporters of both lawmakers are pouring into their senate districts this weekend for a major canvassing effort.

Meanwhile, the groups pushing for the recall of both lawmakers are hitting the airwaves with attack ads.

This new spot from Free Colorado, the first to actually focus on the gun laws, makes the others look tame with its scorched Earth approach.