UPDATE: On Wednesday, the Mayor Suttle Exploratory Committee will announce its decision on whether or not to proceed with a campaign to recall the Mayor. The committee will hold a news conference at 10 a. m. at the Omaha Press Club.
Nebraska Watchdog first reported the Mayor Suttle Exploratory Recall Committee could announce its petition plans this week, which would be several days before its self imposed October 1 deadline.
Committee Treasurer John Chatelain would not confirm that an announcement is coming but did tell Nebraska Watchdog, “Things are looking pretty good, the level of volunteers and donations.”
Nebraska Watchdog is told that despite the committee’s concerns about the fall-out from another Suttle recall, which is also in the works, the committee is confident its recall would not be jeopardized. According to Chatelain the other recall, organized by former State Senator Lowen Kruse,“will fizzle before anything else occurs.”
Kruse has indicated he’s not interested in an actual recall of Suttle, pushing instead for a public discussion of problems facing the city.
Should the Kruse petition hit the streets, Suttle has issued his formal response. On Thursday the Mayor said a recall could cost taxpayers $900,000 and Suttle warns those costs could lead to cuts in key city services including police and libraries.
Late last month when the Exploratory Committee went public, members made it clear they wanted Suttle recalled but still needed time to organize and further gauge the public’s appetite for a ballot box shake up at City Hall.
Nebraska Watchdog first reported that a top adviser to the committee is Jim Cleary, a political consultant who led the 1987 successful recall of former Mayor Mike Boyle.
Once the committee announces its plan to go ahead with a recall, don’t expect petitions to immediately hit the streets. Nebraska Watchdog is told the group will likely wait until late October in order to time the petition drive to coincide with Election Day, November 2nd. That would allow those gathering the signatures to set up operations near polling places in Omaha where registered voters are casting their ballots.
A successful recall against Suttle requires 26,643 valid signatures (registered voters in the City of Omaha) that must be collected within 30 days from the time the petition drive begins.
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Reported by Joe Jordan, firstname.lastname@example.org