Does the name "Jennifer Kerns" ring a bell?
Maybe it should. Kerns is the spokesperson for the Basic Freedom Defense Fund, the group behind the recall of Colorado Senate President John Morse. But opponents of the recall, eager to paint the election as less "grassroots reaction" and more "calculated political move with national consequences," have pointed out the Kerns isn't a small fry in the political world.
In fact, Kerns' website reveals that she has long worked for the conservative cause, mostly in California. Kerns has worked for the California Republican Party and the Koch brothers. She's also directed "the two largest Tea Parties in the nation."
Perhaps most interesting in light of recent news, Kerns was the main spokesperson for California's Proposition 8, which banned same sex marriage before it was overturned in the courts. But Kerns says via e-mail that her prior work did not influence her work against Morse, who was a major supporter of Colorado's civil unions law.
"My work there had no influence on my work with the Recall campaigns," she states. "Not only do I NOT disapprove of his support of Civil unions, I have been on record for a long time supportive of Civil unions myself. Also, the Basic Freedom Defense Fund does not engage in social issues."
She adds: "I got involved in the Recall campaigns because I am against government overreach. I became involved in Prop. 8 as a former Secretary of State because I was concerned that an activist Judge had thrown out the votes of 10 million people. My involvement in the Recall campaigns came about on the same lines, I was concerned that John Morse was not listening to the people."
Here Kerns is working for Prop 8:
And here she is working against John Morse: