Recall? I don’t think so.
It seems every month there is another recall proposed. It might be lead by the Citizens for Responsible Government (CRG), because they disagree with Governor Jim Doyle‘s policies, or it could be some members of the left debating a recall of Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. But, regardless of party it seems that in Wisconsin anytime a group disagrees with a politician on a position or policy the talk of a recall pops up. The most recent example of this overzealousness is the CRG backed recall of Alderman Nik Kovac. In fact, it was the mere sponsoring the Rental Property Inspection ordinance that prompted Third District resident, Matthew Davis, and CRG to begin the process to recall Alderman Kovac. To be fair I should point out that we supported other candidates for the Third District Aldermanic seat. Jeramey, supported Sam McGovern-Rowen, while I worked on John Connelly‘s campaign, and I’m sure we both thought we had the better candidate, but this is too much.
Clearly, there is a time, and a place for a recall. For example, when Alderman Michael McGee was recalled, the list of complaints against him was long and included the likes of resisting arrest, threatening a woman, possibly perjury, and the improper use of an alias. A recall certainly was warranted, but simply disagreeing with a policy or position of an elected official is not or should not be grounds for a recall.
If we disagree with Alderman Kovac, or any politician we will certainly write about it here at UrbanMilwaukee.com. Further, I’d suggest if you disagree with an elected official, attend public meetings to have your voice heard, get out and work on the next campaign to have them ousted, or run yourself, but recalls because we disagree with a single position or policy? No.
UPDATE: Despite the press release from CRG/Matthew Davis stating “The committee will study all statutory options available to citizens including removal via recall and general elections.” they ended up not filing a recall committee which is good.