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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Group Will File Petition to Recall Richard Conlin Today

Posted by on Tue, May 31, 2011 at 11:54 AM

At today's Seattle City Council meeting, President Richard Conlin will introduce a bill that retroactively ratifies the city's decision to sue proponents of a ballot measure. And now Elizabeth Campbell, the leading defendant named in that lawsuit and the sponsor of Initiative 101, says Conlin has gone too far.

At noon, Campbell and members of Seattle Citizens Against the Tunnel will file a recall petition intended to extract Conlin from City Hall. Arguing that Conlin has overstepped his authority, the petitioners would need approximately 57,000 signatures to qualify for a citizen election, Campbell says, but that's manageable for a group that has already gathered move than 30,000 signatures to put a tunnel measure on the ballot.

"I am always serious about what I do," says Campbell.

But realistically, Washington State law sets a high threshold for recalling an elected officiall, requiring a petitioner to prove malfeasance or an illegal act.

Campell says Conlin crossed that line when he signed off on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed deep-bore tunnel, which was arguably in the mayor's purview, and again when he requested that the city file a lawsuit to keep a tunnel referendum off the ballot. (A judge found earlier this month that neither the city attorney "nor does Mr. Conlin have the authority to authorize the lawsuit on behalf of the city..."). Campell is particularly irritated that Conlin has deferred taking council action on the tunnel initiative for weeks while the lawsuit remains unresolved. Meanwhile, Conlin was recently warned that he may have violated ethics rules by writing an anti-referendum blog post on the city's dime. The bill today, which is an attempt by Conlin to justify a lawsuit against Campell's initiative, was the final straw.

"At this point Conlin is apparently twirling out of control," Campbell says. "He is so obsessed with the tunnel that he's exceeding his authority."

But it's also unclear how many people are frustrated with Conlin—or even know who he is—particularly while Mayor Mike McGinn has been the favorite pinata of anti-bicycle activsts, downtown business lobbies, and the Seattle Times.

"If I was doing it against McGinn, I would probably have a lot easier time," Campbell says.


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seatackled 1
Where do I sign?
Posted by seatackled on May 31, 2011 at 12:01 PM · Report this
Baconcat 2
Posted by Baconcat on May 31, 2011 at 12:10 PM · Report this
crazycatguy 3
This will confirm everyone's suspicion that she is nothing but a crank.
Posted by crazycatguy on May 31, 2011 at 12:13 PM · Report this
Baconcat 4
I'm ready for the cranks that have screamed "recall McGinn & O'Brien" for months to find Jesus and suddenly hate recalls.
Posted by Baconcat on May 31, 2011 at 12:18 PM · Report this
Hawke 5
SCAT? Really?
Posted by Hawke on May 31, 2011 at 12:31 PM · Report this
Timrrr 6
Geez, how clueless...

Can Campell really not understand that the most she'll accomplish with this is a dramatic increase in the backlash against her own initiative -- and coming just in time to screw that vote for her!

It's kind of an amazing move really -- in it its sheer blindered idiocy alone.
Posted by Timrrr on May 31, 2011 at 12:38 PM · Report this
One of the most interesting things about The Stranger comment threads is how many of the commentators are absolute cowards about taking any political action. To so many around here, taking any action at all is always viewed as futile, juvenile, cranky, etc. It is exactly because of people like that that we are in the state we're in. So fuck the lot of you, and hooray for people like Campbell.
Where do I sign?
Posted by Pol Pot on May 31, 2011 at 1:03 PM · Report this
I can't believe someone from SCAT/Protect Seattle Now has the nerve to accusing SOMEONE ELSE of being obsessed with the tunnel. (Or was she trying to be ironic?)
Posted by ian on May 31, 2011 at 1:54 PM · Report this
#7 Hooray for people like Elizabeth Campbell? I'm guessing you don't know much about her.
Posted by ian on May 31, 2011 at 1:56 PM · Report this
i'll sign it. conlin sucks.
Posted by mattw on May 31, 2011 at 2:00 PM · Report this
This is so stupid. Is this going to happen ever time some city offical does something people don't like? It just makes these anti-tunnel people look like a bunch kooks which isn't good for their cause.

I'm not pro-tunnel or pro-Conlin, but seriously this is getting ridiculous.
Posted by iamveryseriousnow on May 31, 2011 at 2:24 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 12
@11 exactly.

Conlin should resign.
Posted by Will in Seattle on May 31, 2011 at 2:35 PM · Report this
@9 - I know alot about that arrogant, snide, power hungry, democracy hating sack of shit Conlin, though. More than enough to make me want to sign a petition to send him into the vacuum of space, if such a petition exists.
Posted by Pol Pot on May 31, 2011 at 2:38 PM · Report this
At first I thought this was from the Onion. Then I saw it was from Campbell and the SCAT crew. Good lord.
Posted by hmmmmm on May 31, 2011 at 2:39 PM · Report this
Baconcat 15
@8: Newsflash, precious: not the same people ;)

Posted by Baconcat on May 31, 2011 at 3:12 PM · Report this
I'm guessing this will be at least as successful as Elizabeth's mayoral campaign.
Posted by J.R. on May 31, 2011 at 4:18 PM · Report this
raku 17
Posted by raku on May 31, 2011 at 6:58 PM · Report this
tunanator 18
Every Ozymandias must have his statue.
Posted by tunanator on May 31, 2011 at 8:11 PM · Report this
Recall Collin. I will sign the petition. He needs to go.
Posted by CitizenNorth on June 1, 2011 at 10:20 PM · Report this
I will sign the petition, just tell me where. He needs to go
Posted by CitizenNorth on June 1, 2011 at 10:25 PM · Report this
Why is it that when the lazy people who defend the status quo are challenged that accuse the challengers of resisting on every issue, #11?

Why shouldn't we? It's called democracy. Maybe you're happy watching Desperate Housewives and drinking your latte, but some of us actually are committed to participating in the world we live in and not attacking or insulting people who disagree.

Is Seattle really a city full of condescending elitest liberal snobs who think things would be just fine if you shut up and do as I say?
Posted by Zepol on June 3, 2011 at 2:33 PM · Report this

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