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Power grab

Posted: December 3, 2013 9:15 a.m.
Updated: December 4, 2013 5:00 a.m.

One of the many problems in politics today is that many elected officials begin to believe they are smarter than the electorate and feel they should be able to make decisions that contravene public attitudes. They justify this, of course, in a myriad of ways. The recent resignation of a Colorado state senator is the ultimate in arrogance when it comes to ignoring the voters and trying to circumvent the will of the people.

Sen. Evie Hudak resigned rather than face a recall vote over her support of a controversial gun control measure. Two senators have already lost recall elections over the issue this year, and it was evident Hudak also stood a good chance of losing the recall to a Republican, which would have tipped the balance of power in the state Senate, which is presently controlled 18-17 by Democrats. Her resignation will allow Democratic leaders to appoint a successor to serve out the remainder of her term, thus allowing Democrats to retain control.

We don’t mean to paint this as a Democratic or a Republican issue; in this case, it happens to be Democrats who are weaseling their way into a decision that is clearly meant to ignore the will of the voters. Morgan Carroll, the Senate president, called it a “necessary sacrifice.” No, it’s not that; it’s an unnecessary power grab which spits in the face of the electorate. Hudak and Carroll might try to put the best face on it, but they should be ashamed of themselves, and unfortunately, there are too many people like them now serving in public office. That’s why voters in this country have such a low opinion of so many public officials.

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