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If you are like me, you are tired of wasteful government spending. There is currently a movement to recall our State Representative Mike Mclachlan. To me, this is the epitome of government waste. A special election is not free; instead, the bill is footed by taxpayers like you and me. Furthermore, over one million dollars was spent in the last House 59 race by outside groups. Did the people who support this recall effort enjoy the last election so much that they want to do it all over again? Personally, I like listening to the Wolf without ads about a “dog that won’t hunt.”
The current recall effort here in Colorado reminds me of the recall effort by the Democrats in Wisconsin. You may remember how the Democrats in Wisconsin tried to recall Republican Governor Scott Walker. This led to the state spending taxpayers’ dollars on a special election. This special election saw tens of millions of dollars spent by outside groups. In the end, nothing changed in Wisconsin. All that was accomplished was lost time and money. I do not feel that the democrats were right in doing this, just as the republicans are wrong in trying to use a recall now. In both cases, there was a recall because people didn’t like a certain vote by an elected official. If I tried to recall every politician who voted in a way that I did not like, there would be nobody left in Denver or Washington.
I believe that if you do not like Representative Mike Mclachlan, that is your constitutional right. I just ask that you wait a year and vote him out in the next election. Let us use our precious resources on something more important than another election. We could use the time and money spent campaigning for our parks, volunteering at 4-H, the county fair, or anything that would truly make our community a better place. All this recall effort is going to do is divide us further. Finally, for all you Tea Partiers who claim to hate wasteful government spending, this is the time to “walk the walk” and not waste my taxes.