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Rivera explains stance

George Rivera speaks to supporters, rallying for the upcoming recall election Monday, August 5 2013 at the Ryals room in the Pueblo Library. Photo by Whitney Hayward
George Rivera speaks to supporters, rallying for the upcoming recall election Monday, August 5 2013 at the Ryals room in the Pueblo Library. Photo by Whitney Hayward

State Senate District 3 candidate George Rivera didn’t wear an identification tag to his town hall meeting Monday night at the Robert Hoag Rawlings Public Library.

Instead, the retired deputy police chief wore a button that read “Yes on recall.”

“Truly that’s what this race is all about,” Rivera told a gathering of about 20 people. “This is not about me, it’s about the recall election. It’s about getting a senator who represents their constituents.”

Rivera, a Republican, faces incumbent Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo, in a Sept. 10 special recall election, spurred by Giron’s support of gun-control laws that were passed this spring.

“This recall started right here,” Rivera said as he spoke to supporters in the Ryals Room, the same location where months ago gun-rights advocates met with Giron to discuss protecting gun-owners rights.

Those same gun-rights advocates were a driving force behind the recall effort.

Rivera said there has been a lot of discussion regarding the cost and need for a recall election.

“There are a lot of people out there who will say that we can’t afford it,” he said. “But what are your rights worth? You can’t put a figure on that.”

Rivera said there also is a rumor that the recall effort is based only on “a difference of opinion.”

“When you talk about fundamental rights, that’s not a difference of opinion,” he said. “When you talk about someone infringing on rights, that’s not a difference of opinion.

“The bottom line is we cannot allow ourselves to be fooled into thinking this is no big deal.”

Rivera said he does not have a specific agenda but said he is concerned with how Giron has voted on bills regarding not only gun rights, but water and sustainable energy as well.

Rivera said his strategy is to get elected so he can represent the constituents.

“I have a philosophy of common sense principles based on my values. I will apply those standards to the laws that I support.”

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