The second effort to recall Mayor Sam Adams filed discretely this morning at the City Auditor's office.

RECALL 2: SAM ADAMS HAS LIED TO US
  • RECALL 2: "SAM ADAMS HAS LIED TO US"
"They filed a prospective recall petition at 8:20 this morning," says Andrew Carlstrom, city elections officer. "It gives the reasons for demanding the recall."
"Sam Adams has lied to us. He lied and then covered up his actions to get elected mayor. He lied repeatedly after admitting the affair and cover up with Beau Breedlove. A Mayor cannot in good faith move forward and continue city business without the trust of the people. This is about the reflection our city's character. We have no idea how many missed opportunities our city has had with the current crippled leadership. It is time we restore integrity to the Mayor's office. Sam Adams has broken our trust. He must be recalled."

The statement was signed by chief petitioner and former independent state senator, Avel Gordly. But Gordly was nowhere to be seen this morning, says Carlstrom.

"About four camera crews, and Jim Redden from the Tribune were here," he said.

CARLSTROM: CITY ELECTIONS OFFICER, WITH RECALL PETITION
  • CARLSTROM: CITY ELECTIONS OFFICER, WITH RECALL PETITION
The Mercury was given no notice of the filing, whatsoever, despite asking repeatedly, and phoning Gordly directly. No offense to Redden, who is one of this city's finest reporters, but the Tribune's readership certainly skews more toward the second recall's would-be demographic. Gordly, herself, is yet to return a single call from the Mercury about the recall, but granted the Tribune an interview late last year. It seems she and her campaign are playing favorites with the media.

Theresa McGuire, the treasurer, was the only person from the campaign to show up this morning, according to Carlstrom.

Update, 10am

"I'm not in charge of press releases," said McGuire, contacted via cell. "Right now it's kind of switching scenarios."

McGuire said she sent out the release this morning through Jasun Wurster, who organized the first recall. She promised to call Wurster and have him add the Mercury to the campaign's mailing list for press releases, in future.

McGuire also told me that her only contact with the campaign, so far, has been through Gordly.

Original post, 9:51am

The campaign needs to get 32,183 signatures to force a recall election, with the petitions due at 5pm on April 20th. A prospective recall election would have to be held no later than June 9, after the auditor's office has verified the number of signatures. The city would then have to pay for the election with taxpayer dollars. Since none is scheduled, a special election would cost $350,000 to $400,000 of taxpayer money.

It's unclear whether the recall election could coincide with the primary election on May 18—the recall signatures would have to be gathered more quickly than the 90 days they are allowed, at least, for that to happen. "But it can't be on the same ballot," says Carlstrom. "It would have to be its own supplemental ballot."