In the 2012 primary election, the Pueblo Democratic Party dispatched the long-serving local politician and first-term District Attorney, Bill Thiebaut, replacing him with a county commissioner. But Thiebaut himself had just come to power four years earlier by beating the long-term District Attorney Gus Sandstrom in a primary.
And, in this recall election, a likely low turnout affair the week after Labor Day, cranky Democrats will be augmented by motivated Republicans. Senator Angela Giron is in trouble because she:
- was appointed
- is in her first term
- has the only strong Republican area of the city in her district – Pueblo West
- identified with the aggressive liberal wing of the legislative party
- championed the one issue that could defeat her in Pueblo – guns. Pueblo, especially men, hunt and own guns.
As I said to Valerie Richardson in the Washington Times:
“It’s unbelievable. How do these guys get 13,000 people to sign the petition, and [roughly] 12,000 of them are good?” Denver pollster Floyd Ciruli asked. “It’s a miracle. And it shows the passion here in Colorado behind this issue.”On September 10, watch Pueblo for an upset of the Democratic Party establishment.