Effort to recall Colorado state Sen. Brittany Pettersen fails

Petition for her to be recalled needed more than 18,000 signatures

Posted 9/17/19

An effort to recall Colorado state Sen. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, has failed. Lakewood native and Republican Nancy Pallozzi propelled a petition to recall Pettersen over the summer. The …

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Effort to recall Colorado state Sen. Brittany Pettersen fails

Petition for her to be recalled needed more than 18,000 signatures

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An effort to recall Colorado state Sen. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, has failed.

Lakewood native and Republican Nancy Pallozzi propelled a petition to recall Pettersen over the summer. The petition read that Pettersen should be recalled for bills she’s voted yes on in the past, including votes on an updated sex education curriculum, a bill that increases regulation on the oil and gas industry in Colorado and the red flag law — a law that gives Colorado judges the right to temporarily remove firearms from citizens considered to be at risk of harming themselves or others.

“I knew my constituents wouldn’t fall for this scam. These are out of touch extremists that are trying to have an election redo when I won overwhelmingly,” said Pettersen. “Recalls are for egregious behavior, not for policy disagreements.”

The petition needed more than 18,000 signatures from registered voters in District 22 by 5 p.m. on Sept. 9. Senate District 22 stretches from C-470 and Ken Caryl in the south, through Lakewood and north to Edgewater.

Pettersen was elected to her position last November when she defeated Republican Tony Sanchez by a 17% margin. Pallozzi ran against Pettersen for a seat on the Colorado House of Representatives in 2016, but lost by nearly a 20% margin.

“We just need to work harder on elections and try to win elections instead of having to try to recall people,” said Alex Inscoe, the field director for the Jefferson County Republican Party and a District 22 resident.

Another petition failed to recall Colorado state Sen. Pete Lee, D-Colorado Springs, who represents Senate District 11 in Colorado Springs. Petitioners said Lee should be recalled “because he sponsored legislation to create a paid family and medical leave program to be funded by a mandatory tax on businesses and employees, disingenuously referring to it as a ‘fee’ instead of a tax,” The Colorado Springs Gazette reported.

Petitioners failed to obtain 11,304 signatures by Sept. 10 to send a question to voters about whether or not to recall Lee. He had defeated Republican Pat McIntire by a 24% margin at last November’s election.

Pallozzi says petition efforts against the state senators might not yet be done as next steps are being discussed.

“We are confident in the success of our future efforts to recall both of these elected officials. In the meantime, we continue to educate the public regarding the party-line politics being played in both districts that completely undermine the will of the people,” said Pallozzi in an emailed statement. “We want to thank each and every volunteer who fought through extreme heat, countless sunburns and the harassment of dissenters which was not limited to vile name calling and crude gestures.”

Democrats outnumber Republicans in the State Senate 19 to 16 and in the State House, 41 to 24.

“Considering that both Senators Lee and Pettersen won their 2018 elections overwhelmingly by double digits, it is hardly surprising the sore losers running these sham recalls are throwing in the towel. As has been the case with previous failed recalls, this was never about their votes,” said Colorado Democratic Party Chair Morgan Carroll in a statement.

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