GOP Chair: Hudak recall ‘undermines’ Republican chances in 2014

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Colorado GOP Chairman Ryan Call.

DENVER — Colorado Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call told FOX31 Denver Monday that the latest attempt to recall a Democratic lawmaker could undermine the GOP’s chances up and down the ballot in the next actual election in 2014.

Last week, a day after the two Republicans elected to succeed the two Democrats ousted in recall elections last month, a few conservative activists announced a new effort to recall a third Democratic state senator.

But, with Democrats now clinging to just a one-seat senate majority, the proposed recall election targeting Sen. Evie Hudak of Westminster isn’t about her gun votes or anything else she’s done — activists already tried and failed to gather enough signatures to recall her earlier this year.

It’s about political power, pure and simple.

And it risks blunting the political headwinds that many Republicans, following the recalls, finally feel building at their backs on the cusp of another big election year.

“The job of the Republican Party is to get Republicans elected when there are regular elections,” said Colorado GOP Chairman Ryan Call. “And there are already a lot of things competing for our time, attention and resources.

“This recall election would undermine our efforts in the governor’s race, the U.S. Senate race and to win a senate majority if voters perceive that Republicans are trying to win a majority through recalls.”

Call, who’s gotten his share of grief from the more strident grassroots voices within the GOP, is just giving voice to the obvious: the conservative recall movement, a month after being legitimized by two stunning victories, has quickly jumped the shark.

The activists who blistered Democrats for “going too far” with their gun votes have, it appears, failed to learn the same lesson, to understand “when to hold ’em”, so to speak.

“This is the same group of ideologues that currently has our government shut down,” said Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio.

“If that’s Ryan’s position, he should try to gain a bit more control over his party activists and convince them that this is not a wise thing to do. But this is just more evidence that the Republican Party remains severely divided.”

Above all else, there are several factors — glaringly obvious to anyone with just a basic understanding of politics — that already guarantee a third recall isn’t likely to have the same result as the first two.

First, the signature threshold — a quarter of the overall vote in the lawmaker’s last election — is significantly more challenging than it was in the districts Sen. John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron used to represent.

The Secretary of State informed recall proponents Monday that they’ll need 18,962 valid signatures by Dec. 2013 (by comparison, recall backers needed just 7,178 to put Morse on the ballot).

Secondly, should those petitions be certified, this recall election would be waged in the Denver media market, where television and radio advertising is a lot more expensive than in Colorado Springs and Pueblo; and it would come around Christmas, roughly eight months after the end of the legislative session, just as the 2014 session is getting underway.

Thirdly, and most importantly, Democrats will never let the party’s senate majority be decided in one senate district, especially not after raising several million dollars to defend two legislative seats this summer, to no avail.

Should backers get these signatures, Democrats will almost certainly force Hudak to resign and have a vacancy committee appoint a successor to fill her seat, preserving the party’s already precarious one-seat majority.

“If it gets that far, then the Republican Party will help identify a successor candidate, which is strictly consistent with what we did in Pueblo and Colorado Springs,” Call said. “But the Party is not leading this charge.

“Using recalls to attempt to win majorities is not something that will be led or championed by the Party.”



  • Sean

    WOW! Just proves that BOTH parties need to be cleaned out!
    Acting as though these recalls should be considered as anything other than the people telling their reps to stop ignoring their constituents, is disingenuous at best.

  • Sean

    By the way, the GOP should be fearful of their constituents as well! I don’t care what party banner you wave, if you lie and ignore the people, then you need to be fired!

  • Cathy

    So Mr. Call, what are you suggesting? That YOU pick the winners? So far, you’ve picked LOSERS. The People are looking for Honest Accountable Leadership and WE’LL DECIDE.

  • David

    the recall is for the people to tell their representative that they are not doing what they elected them to do. this is all part of our way our government works

  • Doomed

    Who voted for this guy to run the CO Repub party? He needs to fixed fast.

    As for the DNC Chief, your party is bankrupt and it si bankrupting the nation. No one shoudl pay any attention to idiots.

  • CatMan

    Hey Ryan, you are the reason I left the R. party. This chicken little
    group is afraid of it own shadow. The recall effort has momentum,
    use it. Did you see the chan. 4 interview with the senator? Dear in
    the head lights, and she stated she is so talented that she can multi-
    task. Well then let her multi-task at another job. Go for the goal,
    recall on, driver her out. Bring me some hope. Step aside Ryan!

  • Lee


  • John Clancy

    We need to clean house. Ryan Call is the problem as are both parties. We need to voted them all out!!! The GOP needs to fear “We the people” as well as the Democrats. People like you Ryan Call is why I left the GOP and vote third party. You make me sick!!!

  • Oswaldo Le'mon

    Wouldn’t the Democrat chairman welcome another recall if it was going to hurt the Republicans? If a recall would backfire you’d think the Dem Chairman would remain quiet or even encourage a third recall.

  • brad rebers

    Ryan with worthless leaders like you we probably will not retake the house.Do something about that backstabber Amy Stephens and SB 200.Ryan,do us a favor,resign.

  • Jeff

    People better register as R, otherwise this smuck and his minions will pull the rug out from under the only legit candidate in Tancredo during the Primaries. Remember Dan Maes?

  • Dave Richards

    Ryan Call is a direct result of the problems facing the GOP in CO, the recall effort is about how the people have been represented.
    I am calling for a recall effort for Ryan Call as well.

  • WDM

    ““The job of the Republican Party is to get Republicans elected when there are regular elections,” said Colorado GOP Chairman Ryan Call.”

    In case anyone asks me why I changed my affiliation from “Republican” to “Unaffiliated,” there it is. The GOP has lost its way.

  • Sean

    Say goodbye Ryan Call. You’ve just signed your own ticket with your idiotic commentary. You obviously have no idea how to serve your constituents!

  • MO

    Given the GOP’s recent track record in our state (and at National level), I couldn’t care less what he has to say. Move out of the way. Time to clean house (and these recalls send a VERY strong message). I’m sure the spineless Hickenlooper is looking over his shoulder.

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