During an exclusive interview (see video and transcript below) just a day before Friday’s recall petition deadline the Mayor said, “I am not resigning.” Suttle added, ”I made a pact with the voters to serve four years.”
In the Mayor’s recall defense statement, which is printed on the petitions, Suttle says the recall is, “expensive, divisive, and reckless…by signing the petition, you approve spending $900,000 for special elections, taking funds from vital city services.”
The Mayor Suttle Recall Committee and other critics of the Mayor have countered the Mayor’s argument. The critics claim that if the petition drive is successful and if Suttle resigned, he would save the taxpayers at least $300,000-the cost of the initial recall election.
But Suttle tells Nebraska Watchdog if he is forced out of office, “It’s going to cost us money, it’s going to cost us tremendously in the reputation of Omaha.”
The recall petitions, with the signatures of at least 26,643 registered voters in the City of Omaha, must be in the Douglas County Election Commissioner’s office by 5 p.m. Friday.
The Election Commissioner then has 15 days to validate the signatures and begin setting the date for a recall election.
Reported by Joe Jordan, firstname.lastname@example.org
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NW: If they get the signatures, if they’re validated, is there any chance, any circumstances, under which you would resign?
Mayor Suttle: Well I am not resigning, I made a pact with the voters to serve four years and I’m going to stay on mission and we will continue doing that everyday just as we did today, just as we’ll do tomorrow, and just as we’ll do next week.
NW: You know the argument is that would save a lot of money if you resign from office.
Mayor Suttle: That’s not an argument, it’s going to cost us money, it’s going to cost us tremendously in the reputation of Omaha and we need to stay the course. Good leadership is necessary and we have accomplished so much in my first 17 months and there’s more to do. And I will be focused very heavily on the jobs component from here on out.