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Colorado State Senator Resigns Rather Than Face Recall Over Guns

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Hudak reiterated her support for strengthened gun control laws.

"Most Coloradans believe that the convenience of high-capacity ammunition magazines is less important than saving lives in tragedies like Sandy Hook, Aurora and Columbine," she wrote. "That's why I sponsored SB 13-197, a bill that takes guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. … By resigning, I am protecting these important new laws."

Hudak may have become the third state senator to face a recall over their gun control votes. Colorado Senate President John Morse (D) and state Sen. Angela Giron (D) were both voted out of office in September

In an interview with TPM last month, Hudak said she suspected that the recall elections were not just about gun laws, but about the Republican party regaining a majority in the state senate.

"I just really think its purpose is to grab the power by the Republicans," she told TPM. "They didn't win enough elections to be the majority and so I guess they feel the need to waste our taxpayer dollars on these recalls but I don't think this is the way our government should function and it's not how we've done business in Colorado."

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Executive Director Michael Sargeant thanked Hudak for her service in a Wednesday statement.

"Today's decision cannot have been easy, but her constituents elected Evie to follow her conscience and do what’s right, no matter how tough the choice. In return, Evie provided a model for what leadership and public service should be," he said. "I am confident the Jefferson County Democrats will appoint a new senator every bit as dedicated as Evie to carry on her legacy in the Senate majority caucus, and the DLCC will work closely with Colorado Democrats to defend their majorities next fall."

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