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Exclusive: One Day, Two Suttle Recalls Making Noise

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The recall saga of Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle gets a double dose of interest tomorrow (Wednesday).

As Nebraska Watchdog first reported the Recall Mayor Suttle Exploratory Committee is expected to announce Wednesday that it will circulate petitions, most likely starting in late October.

In addition Douglas County Election Commissioner Dave Phipps says Wednesday is also the day another recall group, led by former Omaha State Senator Lowen Kruse, will pick up its Suttle recall petitions from Phipps’ office.

Phipps tells Nebraska Watchdog in order to put a recall on the ballot, the Kruse group will have until October 21 to gather and submit the signatures of nearly 27,000 registered voters in the City of Omaha.

But unlike the Exploratory Committee which is hoping to throw Suttle out of office, Kruse has said he’s only interested in having a public discussion of problems facing the city.

Some political insiders tell Nebraska Watchdog, the Kruse petitions could create confusion among voters making the Exploratory Committee’s recall attempt more difficult.

Exploratory Committee Treasurer John Chatelain says the Kruse petition drive will “fizzle” before the Exploratory Committee begins looking for signatures.

The Kruse petition includes a defense statement from the Mayor. Suttle says if he is recalled voters could be hit with a $900,000 election bill, which could force cuts to key city services including police and libraries.

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Reported by Joe Jordan, joe@nebraskawatchdog.org

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