Friday, January 10, 2014
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at [email protected]

DENVER: Learning of recently-elected Republican Sen. George Rivera’s new support for shifting the high cost of recall special elections to the state, a reversal from his position as a candidate in last year’s recall in Pueblo, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, released the following statement:

“As a candidate in last year’s costly and unnecessary recalls, George Rivera told voters that the burden of paying for recalls, borne by cash-strapped local government, was a ‘phony issue,’ said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “Now that he’s a state senator likely to lose in this year’s general election, he wants to curry favor with the same local government by having the costs of his recall election paid for by the state.”

“Recall elections should be rare and reserved for real offenses, not votes one might happen to disagree with,” said Runyon-Harms. “Above all, they are supposed to be locally driven. That means the cost of recalls should be borne by local government as they are today instead of shunted off to the state. Otherwise, we’re just making it easier for radicals to disrupt our democratic process.”

“As a recall successor candidate, Sen. Rivera was proud of what he was doing, and told voters that the costs local taxpayers would ultimately be on the hook for didn’t matter,” said Runyon-Harms. “We call on Rivera to abandon any attempt to shift the costs of his recall election to taxpayers across Colorado who had nothing to do with the expense he forced his fellow Pueblo taxpayers to bear.”