Let democratic process take its course

For two years, I was represented in Denver by J. Paul Brown. His conspiracy-driven political philosophy was totally at odds with mine. He did not represent my views as his constituent. Yet it never crossed my mind to consider a recall. I felt that the next election would be the proper time for me to seek alternative representation.

Similarly, my congressman, Scott Tipton, is a conservative whose views rarely coincide with mine. I was particularly incensed when he supported the designation by President Barack Obama of Chimney Rock as a national monument, benefiting him politically, at the same time he sought to abolish this authority for the future. Should we recall him?

Our state senator, Ellen Roberts, once seemed to be moderate, favoring at least a few political positions that I could agree with. Lately, however, she seems to have swung to the extreme right. So, should those of us who may disagree with her newfound arch conservatism begin a recall campaign?

It is a shame that a few one-issue zealots want to recall our state representative, Mike McLachlan, based solely on his votes on reasonable measures to control guns. Their accusation is that he does not represent his constituents. Well, my question is, what constituents? He certainly represents my views as his constituent, and I actually voted for him.

I suspect that most of his adversaries in this recall effort are partisan Republicans who did not vote for him last November. They now see a way to reverse the last election, ignoring the will of the people who voted Mike into office.

Pro-recall ads that I have seen cite the combative public forum held in Durango last month as evidence that Mike has lost the support of his constituents. That event was seized by strident pro-gun activists, one of whom called Mike, a Marine combat veteran, a “traitor.” Many of the noisiest protesters weren’t even from the 59th House District and so were not his constituents.

Let’s let the democratic political process take its course. We will get a chance to cast our votes in November 2014.

John Porco

Pagosa Springs

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