Gazette Marks Historic Oath

On October 3, 2013 we made history when Senator Herpin was sworn-in to replace recalled Senate President John Morse. Read the Colorado Springs Gazette’s editorial marking the one-year anniversary of this momentous occasion.

EDITORIAL: State senate changed a year ago today

A year ago today, Colorado celebrated a milestone with the swearing in of state Sen. Bernie Herpin — a moderate Republican lots of Democrats like.

Today’s anniversary marks the choice of voters to liberate Colorado from the heavy-handed influence of then-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who uses portions of his $34 billion fortune to buy politicians and make laws throughout the country. Bloomberg favors laws so oppressive — regulating soft drinks, liquor retail “density” and salt consumption at restaurants — even most New Yorkers reject them.

Bloomberg called and persuaded Gov. John Hickenlooper to sign three of the country’s most extreme gun control laws. This year, Bloomberg endorsed Hickenlooper and U.S. Sen. Mark Udall through one of his anti-Second Amendment organizations.

Bloomberg had firm control of state Senate President John Morse, the man voters recalled and replaced with Herpin. Morse had so much more interest in Bloomberg than in this community that he told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow he ignored constituent emails that opposed the New York mayor’s agenda. He advised other politicians to likewise dispense with constituent emails.

“Just move along and don’t read any more of these than you absolutely have to. Because, it will, uh, wear on your psyche and it has weared on my psyche,” Morse said on national TV.

While constituents weared on the senator’s psyche, the snub wore on voters who threw him out. By replacing Morse with Herpin, they gained the Legislature’s biggest advocate of transparency and a leader who schedules regular constituent hours throughout the district. Herpin thinks the job involves talking to people who elected him.

But the Bloomberg agenda remains alive and well. As of Thursday, Herpin’s out-of-state opponents had spent more than $310,000 to fund deceptive ads attacking him. The money has all channeled through Adelstein Liston — the Washington and Chicago-based marketing firm behind President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Senate 
Majority Leader Harry Reid and the AFL-CIO.

The out-of-state anti-Herpin cash represents 43 percent of all out-of-state money spent so far to defeat all other Colorado Republican state senate candidates. They want Herpin out and a Bloomberg man in.

They want Michael Merrifield, whose ties to Bloomberg are greater than those of Hickenlooper, Udall and Morse. Unlike the others, Merrifield worked as state director for Bloomberg’s anti-Second Amendment campaign.

While Bloomberg wants to ban big sodas, salt and guns, Merrifield goes further. Given the chance, he’d undo the competitive education options that benefit Colorado’s underprivileged children while annoying the teachers union.

“There must be a special place in hell for these Privatizers, Charterizers and Voucherizers. They deserve it!” Merrifield wrote in an email to Sen. Sue Windels, chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee at the time.

The most notable person to defend the email was Morse, who told the Colorado Independent: Merrifield “believes that charter schools undo public education. “

If so, Merrifield might be happy to hear this: Charter schools are public education, 100 percent.

We don’t need a replay of 2013, when star-struck legislators and the governor brazenly ignored constituents. On this anniversary of Herpin’s swearing in, remember when Bloomberg’s legislators nearly caused a riot outside the state Capitol with partisan indifference to independents, Republicans and sheriffs. Remember how things stabilized after the recalls. Then give thanks for a new kind of bipartisan senator who fights for more transparency, accessibility, better public safety and laws that uphold Colorado values.


Comments are closed.