Dem Party chair yet to make good on recall threats
Published: November 4, 2011 at 4:51 pm
Despite a vow to do so, the head of the Arizona Democratic Party has not filed recall petitions against four senators who voted to remove the chairwoman of the state’s redistricting committee.
“Everything’s on the table, but I think right now we need to be focused on the legal focus of the fight,” Democratic Party executive director Luis Heredia said today.
Heredia told the Arizona Capitol Times on Tuesday that he would file recall petitions against Sens. Michele Reagan, R-Scottsdale; John McComish, R-Phoenix; Rich Crandall, R-Mesa; and Adam Driggs, R-Phoenix, if they voted in favor of removing Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission Chairwoman Colleen Mathis.
His argument was that the senators were so-called “moderates,” and by going along with Gov. Jan Brewer on the IRC issue, they were betraying the will of their constituents.
On Tuesday, during a special session called by Brewer, the Senate voted to remove Mathis, accusing her of “gross misconduct” and potentially violating open meeting laws. All Senate Republicans voted in favor of the measure.
Although Heredia said he firmly believed that the senators’ votes “created an offense that deserves to be subject to a recall,” he said there are some logistical issues to the recall process.
Given the number of steps involved, Heredia said that even if Democrats were successful at initiating a recall, the senators in question may be up for re-election at that point anyway.
If the state Democratic Party does decide to file the petitions and start collecting signatures, it would have a lot of work to do before getting the issue to the ballot.
In Reagan’s District 8, it takes 18,775 valid signatures; in Driggs’ District 11, it takes 16,903; in Crandall’s District 19, it takes 13,623; and in McComish’s District 20, it takes 9,776.