Colorado Democratic senators go to court to try to halt recall efforts over gun control votes

Colorado AG says battle over recalls justified

DENVER - Two Colorado Democratic senators facing recalls over their support for new gun restrictions are going to court to try to prevent an election pending a judicial review of the process.

Colorado Springs Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, and Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo,  argue the recall petitions against them are invalid because they were improperly worded and didn't ask for an election to appoint a successor.

A Denver District Court judge will hear arguments Wednesday on whether a preliminary injunction should be granted.

Supporters of the recall maintain their petitions are valid and Secretary of State Scott Gessler's office has agreed.

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers says Gessler is justified hiring an attorney in a court battle trying to force Gov. John Hickenlooper to set election dates in the recall elections.

According to the Denver Post (, Suthers said Tuesday his office recommended Gessler hire outside counsel because the attorney general represents both the secretary of state and governor in a court challenge where attorneys are trying to stop the recall elections.

Gessler claims Hickenlooper, a Democrat, is required to set a date for recall elections of Morse and Giron.

Hickenlooper said he was waiting on a court hearing Wednesday seeking an injunction until confusion over state law can be settled.

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