Anti-Gun Colorado Lawmakers Recalled, Despite Bloomberg Funding

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One election Tuesday was far from New York geographically, but our mayor nonetheless played a key role. With gun control at the center of a recall effort in Colorado, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's money entered the fight, and lost. Bloomberg contributed some $300,000 to fend off the NRA-funded campaign to recall Colorado State Senate President John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron, both who had voted for stricter controls on firearms. Measures they supported in the wake of the Aurora and Newtown shootings, including expanded background checks on private sales and a fifteen-round limit on magazines, became laws. According to the Associated Press, the NRA contributed about the same as Bloomberg to the effort to recall the two legislators. In the political proxy battle between Bloomberg and the NRA, this round goes to the gun lobby.