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Mayor’s race: Fall-out still falling from 2011 recall

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Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog

OMAHA—When voters go the polls Tuesday will the the 2011 failed recall of Mayor Jim Suttle matter?

Apparently it does if your one of the three Republicans vying for Suttle’s job.

In a series of interviews (see exclusive video here) Nebraska Watchdog finds that while the GOP’s Dave Nabity, Jean Stothert and Dan Welch agree on plenty of issues, when it comes to the recall things are a bit hazier.034

As Suttle fought for his job, at his side was Brad Ashford who now wants the mayor’s third flood corner office. All that while Nabity was leading the charge to throw Suttle out.

But what about Stothert and Welch?

Well a Welch ad accuses Nabity of leading a “failed recall election paid for by taxpayers.”

Nebraska Watchdog: The recall did wind up costing taxpayers $355,000. Money well spent?

Dave Nabity: Absolutely. Because the mayor was wasting probably 10-12 million dollars a year

Nebraska Watchdog: You are critical of (Nabity) for running the recall election. You thought it was too expensive to taxpayers. How did you vote on the recall?

Dan Welch: Well I’m not going to tell you how I voted.

And he’s not alone.

Nebraska Watchdog: Did you vote to recall Jim Suttle?

Jean Stothert: You know my vote was confidential. It’s personal, I’m going to keep it that way.

Nebraska Watchdog: Does it bother you that Stothert and Welch won’t say how they voted on the recall?

Dave Nabity: Well I know how they voted. I think politicians need to be real with the people…and not hide behind things that might be politically charged.

Jean Stothert: I will tell you I did not sign the petition and I did not take a position on it.

Dan Welch: I’m going to tell you that I didn’t sign the petition but I’m not going to tell you what I did in the voting booth.

Nebraska Watchdog: How can you be critical of Mr. Nabity on the recall if voters don’t know which way you voted?

Dan Welch: Well again, I‘m not going to tell you how I voted in the voting booth…I didn’t feel the recall was probably appropriate for the level of malfeasance I saw coming out of the mayor’s office.

Nebraska Watchdog: Any regrets on the recall?

Dave Nabity: Yea, the regret is we lost.

Yes two years later the debate goes on and the three Republicans see it factoring into Tuesday’s vote.

Jean Stothert: Mr. Nabity was very much involved in the recall he was trying to hire people during the recall for his mayoral race, and it became very, very self-serving.

Dave Nabity: I think it really works in our favor that I did step up and try to remove him from office. If I had to do it all over again would I probably not because it was too difficult. But did we do it for the right reasons? You bet we did.

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Joe formerly served as staff reporter for Watchdog.org.

  • Mike C.

    If Nabity could get along with people, the recall would have been successful.