Gun supporters’ recall efforts fall short

Sen. Chuck Riley (D-Hillsboro), Rep. Susan McLain (D-Forest Grove)  are safe after foes fail to garner support.

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Sen. Chuck Riley (D-Hillsboro) and Rep. Susan McLain (D-Forest Grove) are safe from recall attempts after gun proponents failed to garner the required level of signatures.

Norm Voshall, media spokesman for the recall effort, cited a lack of support from national organizations like the National Rifles Association and signature-gathering companies for the failed recall attempt.

“Everyone refused to work with us,” said Voshall, charging that a variety of interest groups didn’t want to get involved in taking on incumbent legislators. Backers needed the signatures of 6,075 voters in Riley’s district and 2,831 in McLain’s district to force a recall election.

Everytown for Gun Safety, a group financed by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg, has helped lead a coalition of groups fighting the recalls.  Among other things, the coalition sent people door-to-door to urge voters not to sign the petitions.


The recall effort against Sen. FLoyd Prozanski (D-Eugene) is still active, but the initiative to remove Rep. Val Hoyle was abandoned last week, when she stepped down to pursue the Secretary of State position.

Riley celebrated the group’s failure.

Riley said the outcome is not only good for him, but good for Oregon as whole.

“Recalls are for something more serious than disagreeing with a vote,” he said.

(SOURCE: Portland Tribune)


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