A group opposed to the recall of Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle is pushing out its first TV commercial, and raising a legal question at the same time.
Nebraska Watchdog has obtained an exclusive first look at the ad, which never mentions Suttle by name and has a warning for people planning to vote on November 2nd. According to the 30 second commercial, by Forward Omaha, “On Election Day someone might illegally try to get you to sign a petition.” The ad notes that by law petitioners are required to be at least 200 feet from the polling place.
The commercial is expected to start Tuesday; five days after the Mayor Suttle Recall Committee hit the streets with its petitions. The recallers need the signatures of nearly 27,000 registered voters in the City of Omaha in order to force the Mayor to resign or face the voters in a January recall election.
As Nebraska Watchdog first reported the anti-recall move has been joined by former Omaha Mayor P.J. Morgan, who is scheduled to appear with several other civic and business leaders Wednesday for a news conference announcing their opposition to the recall.
Reported by Joe Jordan, firstname.lastname@example.org