By JASON L. RILEY
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg wasn't on the ballot Tuesday, but he still managed to lose a couple of important elections.
The multibillionaire mayor moonlights as an anti-gun activist, financially backing political candidates nationwide who share is opposition to the Second Amendment. In Colorado Tuesday, two recipients of the mayor's largess, state Senate President John Morse and state Sen. Angela Giron, were ousted in recall elections. Both Democratic lawmakers had played key roles in helping the state pass stricter gun laws after mass shootings at a Colorado movie theater and Connecticut elementary school.
"While both sides campaigned vigorously, knocking on doors, holding rallies and driving voters to the polls, gun-control advocates far outspent their opponents," reports the New York Times. "A range of philanthropists, liberal political groups, unions and activists raised a total of $3 million to defend Mr. Morse and Ms. Giron. Mr. Bloomberg personally gave $350,000."
Republicans will replace Sens. Morse and Giron, but Democrats will still control the Colorado legislature. Nevertheless, Republicans have been emboldened by the successful recall effort. "Gov. John Hickenlooper—once deemed so unbeatable that the GOP couldn't even find a candidate to run against him in 2014—now faces falling approval ratings and a crowded field of Republican contenders, in part for backing stricter gun measures," reports the Denver Post.