published Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Remaining signatures to recall Littlefield scheduled to be filed today


by Michael Stone
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    Staff Photo by Dan Henry Tobiah Tillman stands with Chris Brooks who holds the signed petition to recall Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield. Mr. Brooks is the senior organizer for Chattanooga Organized for action.

Organizers attempting to oust Mayor Ron Littlefield say they have enough signatures to start his recall.

If a required 9,000 or more recall signatures are verified as registered Chattanooga voters by the Hamilton County Election Commission, a special mayoral election will coincide with the Nov. 2 general election.

Littlefield would have the option of staying in office until the election, though he could resign if the recall is verified, said Charlotte Mullis-Morgan, Hamilton County’s administrator of elections. She said that any recalled official has the option of running in special recall elections.

Chattanooga Organized for Action announced that more than 3,000 signatures will be turned in today to add to an estimated 6,700 already filed with the Hamilton County Election Commission.

Mullis-Morgan said unless a large amount of extra signatures, which are due by Aug. 30, are turned in that the recall totals would be confirmed by the middle of next week.

“We check every signature, we check every address, we make sure they’re registered voters and we make sure they are who they say,” she said.

Littlefield spokesman Richard Beeland said the mayor is waiting on the official totals before saying if he would run in a special election or not.

“We’ll just have to wait and see how it plays out,” he said.

Chris Brooks, a lead organizer for Chattanooga Organized for Action, said it’s “inevitable” that some signatures will not be verified, which is why he and others are attempting to gather extra signatures before the deadline.

“Again and again and again, we find that the politicians in power, the people that we elect to represent us, are stonewalling citizens, groups who wish to participate in the process, and are circling the bandwagon to protect their own,” he said.

Along with Brooks’ group, the Chattanooga Tea Party and Citizens to Recall Ron Littlefield are spearheading recall efforts of not only Littlefield, but also City Council members Manuel Rico and Jack Benson.

For a recall on Rico, 450 signatures from verified voters in his district must be obtained, Mullis-Morgan said, adding for Benson, it will take 750. Required numbers are calculated from vote totals in the previous election, she said.

A “formal campaign” to accumulate those signatures was also announced Tuesday by organizers.

May’s announcement of a 33 percent property tax increase, three open records requests that “took months,” land deals among politicians and “overall corruption and lack of transparency” are among reasons Brooks cited for the recall efforts on Littlefield, Rico and Benson.

“(Rico and Benson) will be pretty easy to remove,” Brooks said. “We’re just focusing all our time on (Littlefield) right now.”

Rico responded to the recall effort in an open letter Tuesday, calling recall organizers a “small, vocal minority of citizens in Chattanooga.”

“I feel it is unfortunate that I must preserve my elected office and focus my time defending my actions to a few ... instead of doing what you, the voters, elected me to do — support the goals and needs of our district,” the letter reads.

Last week, Rico said he would not seek re-election if recalled. But after an “outpouring of support and encouragement,” he said will run in the case of a recall election.

Benson called the accusations against him “generic charges that could be against anybody in office.” He said he also plans on running for re-election in the event of a recall.

“Oh, I enjoy campaigning,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it if it does come down to that, getting out and meeting the people and seeing if they want me to represent them.”

Press Release

(For Immediate Release)

Chris Brooks

Senior Organizer for Chattanooga Organized for Action (COAlition)

dcbrooks7@gmail.com

423-504-4484

www.chattaction.org

Chattanooga Organized for Action (COA), a local grassroots community

organization, has gathered over 2,000 signatures in the last week

alone and together with the Chattanooga Tea Party and Citizens to

Recall Ron Littlefield we will be turning in over 3,000 signatures to

the Hamilton County Election Commission, located on Amnicola,

tomorrow, Wednesday August 18th, at 10 A.M.

This will mean that we have already exceeded the 9,387 signatures

necessary to Recall Ron Littlefield and will be in the process of

collecting the additional signatures needed to insure the win.

Petitions can be downloaded and further information can be found at

www.chattaction.org

An Open Letter from Councilman Manny Rico

August 17, 2010

Dear Citizens of District 7:

Many of you may have heard of an effort by a small, vocal minority of

citizens in Chattanooga to recall me as your duly elected City

Councilman. While I recognize this is their right, I feel it is

unfortunate that I must preserve my elected office and focus my time

defending my actions to a few (most of which do not even live within the

boundaries of the City of Chattanooga, much less District 7) instead of

doing what you, the voters, elected me to do - support the goals and

needs of our district.

Last week, I announced that I would not seek re-election if recalled.

However, since that time, I have experienced a tremendous ground swell

of support from personal visits and phone calls to emails, cards, and

letters. These offerings of support came not only from the wonderful

citizens of District 7, but from the City of Chattanooga as a whole.

Because of this outpouring of support and encouragement, I have realized

that those I represent are proud of the job I am doing and strongly wish

for me to continue. If recalled, I WILL seek re-election and I WILL

fight to defend my actions as your duly elected representative on the

Chattanooga City Council.

The residents of District 7 have spoken loud and clear. They will not be

bullied into signing petitions under false pretenses and chased about

their neighborhoods by Georgia residents and teenagers hired to walk

aimlessly around town searching for those who will believe their

misleading facts. I will not shy away from the lies, and superficial

near-supremacist actions of this small, volatile minority of citizens

who seek to impose their views on the masses by widespread assimilation

of illegitimate facts and lies.

The problems facing our great city are not unusual and they are not

unique. They call for elected officials to look at the whole picture and

vote for what is right and what is in the best interest of all of

Chattanooga's citizens, not just a select few. This year, more than

ever, our city has experienced decreased revenues, escalating costs,

shortages of police and fire fighters, reduced recreation hours for

inner city youth, and staunch public criticism. The city has not had a

tax increase since 2001 and we have done much with very little.

For over five years, I have supported District 7 as your councilman and

was reelected by a strong majority. You elected me to do the right

thing, even when it is not the most popular. That is what I have done.

As a resident and small business owner in District 7, I understand the

unique issues that affect our community. Doing the right thing means not

sitting idly by and legislating on issues in order to be re-elected. You

elected me to represent your best interests. That is what I have done

and what I will continue to do.

In the future, when people come up to you and ask you to sign your name

on a petition to oust someone they didn't even have the right to elect,

please do not be fooled by their misleading and untruthful facts they

wish to distort. If you have questions and want to know the real facts,

the real answers, please call or visit with me. I have always maintained

an open-door, open-business, and open-phone policy. I am more than

willing to listen.

It is an honor and privilege to serve you. I hope you will continue to

support me as I work for the betterment of District 7. If I may be of

any assistance, please feel free to contact me any time, day or night,

at 423-425-7856 or rico_m@mail.chattanooga.gov .

Sincerely,

Manny Rico

Chattanooga City Councilman, District 7

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Article: Effort to recall mayor may be gaining steam

Article: Recall organizers aim to oust Benson, Rico

Article: Littlefield suggests home rule for county

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slr3 said...

In addition to recalling Benson and Rico , we should also consider recalling LADD,ROBINSON and BERZ. These council members voted to increase our property taxes by 19% instead of doing the right thing and cutting expenses of government. We need more council members like MURPHY,SCOTT,McGARY and GILBERT. They represent us as taxpayers.

August 18, 2010 at 4:12 a.m.
Allison12 said...

Thank goodness for dedicated citizens that will hold elected officials accountable. Mayor Ron Littlefield should be recalled because he is completely disconnected from the people of Chattanooga, and so connected to special interests. The idea of putting the City in debt to build a TVA garage, creation of new depts. for the purpose of giving Missy Crutchfield, former councilman Davy Crocket, and friends 6 figure jobs, and wasteful spending on non essentials items like sculptures during a reccsions is offensive. Then, inceasing taxes and fees while people are loosing their homes. They stink. Fire the Mayor, Rico, and Benson.

August 18, 2010 at 7:51 a.m.
harrystatel said...

Now the hue and cry from the "government officials" is that a recall will stop outside businesses from considering Chattanooga.

Why would a business need to consider "government officials" unless said "government officials" are deal makers, using their influence to secure "favored" status for these businesses?

What quid pro quo do these "government officials" receive for their influence? What back-room deals are cut?

This is corporate welfare. Corporate welfare only exists because of government officials, government laws, and government giving taxpayer's money as bribes.(How much winds up in the government official's pockets?)

Do not confuse free enterprise with corporate welfare and the corporate fascism that is rampant, locally and nationally.

If "outside businesses" considering Hamilton County and Chattanooga need back-room deals, government support and taxpayer's money to do business here, I don't want them.

I do want free enterprise businesses to come to Chattanooga because they can make a profit, not because of government handouts.

Don't think for a moment that these "government officials" are working on your behalf. They aren't. They're working for their own benefit, and the taxpayers be damned.

Harry Statel harrystatel.wordpress.com

August 18, 2010 at 8:47 a.m.
LibDem said...

This makes perfect sense of course. The people who care vote and re-elect the Mayor. Those who don't care sign a petition invalidating the election and disenfranchising the voters. I didn't vote for Mayor Littlefield but I voted. Is voting just too inconvenient?

August 18, 2010 at 10:34 a.m.
harrystatel said...

"I didn't vote for Mayor Littlefield but I voted. Is voting just too inconvenient?"

Is holding "government officials" responsible for their actions inconvenient? If so, I hope to inconvenience the hell out of them.

harrystatel.wordpress.com

August 18, 2010 at 11:53 a.m.
FM_33 said...

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah...poot..poot !

It's not goinbg to work folks and you are on the losing team.

The 3 amigos have to much pesto for the mesto SA and Rico can't go out like that because he's part of the CH tribe.

August 18, 2010 at 12:18 p.m.
Allison12 said...

The poll is not locking out the IP after one vote. As expected, the Littlefield cheaters busy at city hall.

August 18, 2010 at 12:49 p.m.
FM_33 said...

They stink. Fire the Mayor, Rico, and Benson. Username: Allison12 | On: August 18, 2010 at 7:51 a.m.


Oh sweet Allison12 i love your post and yopu do have so much passion but you forgot one thing.

THEY HAVE BIG MONEY AND ARE PART OF THE CHATTANOOGA CONNECTED !!!

.....that's all have a nice day.

August 18, 2010 at 12:57 p.m.
FM_33 said...

"I didn't vote for Mayor Littlefield but I voted. Is voting just too inconvenient?"

Is holding "government officials" responsible for their actions inconvenient? If so, I hope to inconvenience the hell out of them.

<p>harrystatel.wordpress.com Username: harrystatel | On: August 18, 2010 at 11:53 a.m.


But Harry you don't have the money to force any of them out of office.

You have to be backed up with the cash to make anything happen. That's the real world and you know it's true.

August 18, 2010 at 1:01 p.m.
harrystatel said...

Letter from Albert Waterhouse (yes, that Waterhouse of Waterhouse Public Relations) to his homies. Published yesterday on Chattarati.

From: Albert Waterhouse [mailto:albert@waterhousepr.com] Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 To: u...ndisclosed-recipients: Subject: The recall issue

Friends,

As you know I absolutely hate being in the media but the following story is my response to the city council recall issue as excerpted from a WTCI interview. Anybody that holds public office or is a public figure is going to create disagreements in the community from time to time. However to just arbitrarily launch a recall effort that is groundless and counter productive just hurts us all and now is particularly the wrong time for Chattanooga’s internal and external perception. The development in our region is exploding and we need to step up and do everything possible to facilitate this and keep the tremendous momentum moving.

If you agree with me, I urge you to write a letter to the editor, call your friends on talk radio or access any other communications’ channels that brings the insanity of this to light.

Thanks for you help,

AW

Albert M. Waterhouse

Waterhouse Public Relations

Don't you love it! Who says there's no honor among . . . the elites?

harrystatel.wordpress.com

August 18, 2010 at 1:04 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Don't you love it! Who says there's no honor among . . . the elites?

<p>harrystatel.wordpress.com Username: harrystatel | On: August 18, 2010 at 1:04 p.m.


What was the point with that post Harry ?

Was Littlefield not supposed to have friends like that !

August 18, 2010 at 1:27 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Don't think for a moment that these "government officials" are working on your behalf. They aren't. They're working for their own benefit, and the taxpayers be damned.

Harry Statel harrystatel.wordpress.com Username: harrystatel | On: August 18, 2010 at 8:47 a.m.


I sort of agree with you on this post and i sort of don't.

August 18, 2010 at 1:29 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Hey Harrystatel the US Government said some nice stuff about you on channel 12 news the other day when they showed a story about the wordpress.com company making big quarter profits on wall street. Then the reporter showed some of your comments and a government offical said they might give you a call soon to see if you would like to work for them.

Hey Harry would you ?

August 18, 2010 at 1:34 p.m.
harrystatel said...

Only if the "Government" wants a libertarian, who believe the only purpose of government is protect life, liberty and property.

I'll be waiting for that call a loooooooooooong time.

Now if the government wants more of the same, they can call the local Politburo. Ask for Comrade Ron.

harrystatel.wordpress.com

August 18, 2010 at 1:45 p.m.
Allison12 said...

FM_33 I am not sweet, idiot, what are you an echo. So,what do you suggest, do nothing and leave the worst mayor ever in office, because we are not rich?

August 18, 2010 at 3:22 p.m.
Allison12 said...

From poll results, looks like Ron and staffer are all working against the recall, boy Missy Crutchfield, and gang can click.

August 18, 2010 at 3:24 p.m.
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