A homegrown campaign to oust two Democratic Colorado state senators who provided key support for strict gun control law has attracted contributions from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad, says the New York Times. The National Rifle Association is buying political advertisements, and the Sept. 10 election has had news coverage from as far away as Sweden. Both sides have dedicated $2 million to the campaigns, most of it backing Senate president John Morse and Angela Giron, who represents the Southern Colorado city of Pueblo.
Voters are being bombarded with telephone calls and pamphlets, radio and television commercials. “There's symbolic importance to both sides,” said Eric Sondermann, a Denver political analyst in Denver. “If they're recalled, it would be interpreted as a rejection of the gun control agenda, a rejection of what Colorado passed. If these two prevail, then maybe that's one more nick in the armor of the NRA and the gun advocates.”