By: Teresa Mull
A Colorado state representative in the midst of not one, but two recall efforts has resigned amid allegations.
State Rep. Rochelle Galindo (D-Greeley) submitted her letter of resignation after a woman who worked on Galindo’s campaign filed a police report against her.
Galindo, The Greeley Tribune reports, “was the target of recall efforts headed by two committees: the Committee to Recall Rochelle Galindo and Values First Colorado. In recent weeks, both committees to push for the recall and to fight it had money pouring in from outside the district.”
Rocky Mountain Gun Owners (RMGO) was leading the effort to recall Galindo for her support of HB 1177, the state’s red flag bill, which Gov. Jared Polis (D) just signed into law. The law allows a person to petition a court to seize someone’s weapons if they deem them to be a danger to themselves or their community because of their mental health.
“This is the first win of the recall season,” said Dudley Brown, RMGO executive director.
Galindo wrote on her Facebook page:
“It has been the honor of my life to serve as the Representative for State House District 50. I have served my community to the best of my ability and have given a voice for the underrepresented. With that, it is with great sadness that I announce that I will be resigning my seat as the Representative for State House District 50 effective immediately.
“The allegations against me are false. That said, they will make my fight against the pending recall effort untenable. I will not put my constituents through what will surely be a recall campaign based on political smear tactics and false allegations. Instead, I will resign my seat as the elected representative of House District 50, effective immediately.”
Teresa Mull is editor of Gunpowder Magazine. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.