At least one state senator and two members of the house may have to fight for their seats due to a grass roots push by local voters to show them the door.
Among those targeted is Sen. Chuck Riley, D-Hillsboro, a lead sponsor of SB 941, a proposal that would expand background checks to include most private gun transfers. The freshman senator came to the chamber last fall as part of a $600,000 influx of cash from former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund that allowed him to narrowly unseat a GOP incumbent who was against expanding checks.
In the House, Rep. Susan McLain, D-Forest Grove, and Majority Leader Val Hoyle, D-Eugene, who have voiced support for SB 941 and are now tasked with guiding it through that body, are also facing similar recall votes, The Oregonian reported.
The recall petition against Hoyle was filed by gun shop owner Jason Thiesfeld of Junction City who testified against SB 941 and alleges that the House leader is catering to big campaign donors rather than the needs of constituents.
“I’ve been in Oregon for 35 years, and (state lawmakers) keep cramming their agenda down our throats and going after our rights little by little,” Thiesfeld told the Register Guard.
To make a recall effort happen, Thiesfeld has to obtain 3,600 signatures, the equivalent of 15 percent of votes cast in Hoyle’s district during the last election, within the next 90 days.