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Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Excuse for Colorado: 'Voter Suppression, Pure and Simple


"Efforts by the NRA, the Koch brothers and other right-wing groups who know that when more people vote, Democrats win."

Democratic National Committee chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, laughs along with other party members as Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton pokes fun at how much time the DNC chair spent in Arizona during the last election cycle, during their summer meeting on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Credit: AP)

Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has an interesting theory behind Tuesday's recall of Democratic Colorado state senators Angela Giron and John Morse after they helped pass new controversial gun control laws earlier this year.

"This was voter suppression, pure and simple," Wasserman Schultz said in a DNC statement.

Democratic National Committee chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) blamed "voter suppression" for the outcome in Tuesday's Colorado recall elections. (AP)

"Tuesday’s low turnout was a result of efforts by the NRA, the Koch brothers and other right wing groups who know that when more people vote, Democrats win," the Florida Democratic congresswoman said. "The recall elections in Colorado were defined by the vast array of obstacles that special interests threw in the way of voters for the purpose of reversing the will of the legislature and the people.

“Colorado voters are used to casting their ballots by mail, but because of lawsuits filed by opponents of common sense gun reform, voters were not mailed their ballots in this election. Those who intended to vote in person did not learn their polling locations until less than two weeks before Election Day," she added.

Colorado state Sens. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo, and John Morse, D-Colorado Springs (also the Democratic Senate President) were recalled by voters on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in a battle that has attracted major players from around the nation, reflecting the sustained intensity over the issue of gun rights. (AP)

Angered by new limits on ammunition magazines and expanded background checks, gun-rights activists filed enough voter signatures for the recall elections – the first for state legislators since Colorado adopted the procedure in 1912.

Mike Zink, of Denver, demonstrates in favor of the recall of Colorado Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, outside a polling place in Morse's legislative recall race in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. (AP)

The recalls were seen as the latest chapter in the national debate over gun rights – and perhaps a warning for some lawmakers in swing states who might contemplate additional gun restrictions in the future. But gun rights activists’ efforts to force recall elections for two other Colorado Democrats failed this year.

As TheBlaze previously reported, the recall election was apparently triggered by six “regular guys” who were fed up with lawmakers ramming gun control laws down the throats of voters and ignoring the Second Amendment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

(H/T: Weasel Zippers)



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