published Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield handed second legal defeat


by Cliff Hightower

An August mayoral election will still proceed at the moment after Mayor Ron Littlefield was handed a second legal defeat.

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The Tennessee Court of Appeals has decided not to hear an appeal made by Littlefield after it ruled two months ago the Hamilton County Election Commission should have a chance to certify recall petitions. The commission certified those petitions last month and set a recall election for August.

Richard Beeland, spokesman for the mayor, issued a statement this morning saying the decision was “not unexpected.”

“Mayor Ron Littlefield is currently evaluating his legal options and will take action accordingly,” the statement read.

The recall of Littlefield started last year when three groups — Citizens to Recall Mayor Littlefield, Chattanooga Organized for Action and the Chattanooga Tea Party — began circulating petitions to oust the mayor.

The groups collected more than 15,000 signatures and the election commission ratified more than 9,000 of the petitions.

The matter then went to court before the election commission had a chance to vote on whether to certify those petitions.

Circuit Court Judge Jeff Hollingsworth ruled against the petitioners, saying they did not have enough signatures under state law.

An appeals court reversed that decision two months ago.

For more information, read tomorrow’s edition of the Times Free Press.

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Lr103 said...

I wonder if many of these people who signed the recall actually knew or understood what they were signing? These petitions circulating are very vague and have the scent of Tea Party written all over them. I was approached a few days ago on the street by someone asking for my signature on yet another petition that's circulating(I refused of course). The petition is under the heading of Americans Elect. When I visited their website, it's very vague who is actually behind this petition and what their actual purpose might be. It would be interesting to know what is being said to the potential signers on the street and what is actually taking place once they obtain your signature.

December 6, 2011 at 11:53 a.m.
timbo said...

So "little"field is still whining. It is obvious to everyone that the recallers were cheated. Their overall attitude is revealed in a quote by his sycophant Richard Beeland said such recalls "create community turmoil." Your damn right, that is what their supposed to do. They didn't create as much turmoil as Littlefield has.

That was not the only thing from this arrogant ass Beeland who said, ""These grossly irresponsible actions by a small vocal group of recall organizers continue to have a negative affect within our community. Recall efforts are a growing trend nationally as well. Currently over 50 communities are experiencing the disruption associated with recalls. Common elements are Tea Party involvement and, as our community has experienced, funding by wealthy protagonist who use the recall tactic to politically disrupt a community."

  1. How is it irresponsible to follow the law and work to recall someone you vehimently disagree with? The irrresponsible party here is Littlefield for wasting resources fighting a legal recall.

  2. This recall was not led by the Tea Party. It was led by two other groups in unison with the Tea Party.

  3. The "wealthy protaganist" he is alluding too is probably Mark West. I wonder who the "wealthy" people that gave "little"field money for his defense. Power structure money is no different than anyone elses.

  4. This last quote from Beeland could have been written by the British in 1775. ""These grossly irresponsible actions by a small vocal group of recall organizers continue to have a negative affect within our community." Beeland just hates democracy evidently.

The bottom line is that "little"field and his arrogant sycophants and power structure supporters need to just get used to it. You ain't running things anymore.

December 6, 2011 at 12:01 p.m.
rolando said...

Beautifully written, timbo.

December 6, 2011 at 12:30 p.m.
hometownhero said...

Are we really back to this recall stuff?

Listen "recall" people, let's say you guys win and Littlefield is gone. Here's a secret: It will change ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in your life. Here is a partial view of what life will be like after you "win" and Littlefield gets recalled:

-You won't sleep any better -Gas will still be expensive -Your girlfriend/boyfriend/wife/husband won't be any more attractive -You're place won't look any better -You'll still have to go to work or school -You'll still have to pay bills -Money won't magically appear in your wallet -You'll still have to fight traffic -You'll still have to wait in line at the DMV -You'll still have no place to park -The homeless will still ask you for spare change -You're favorite sports team won't do anybetter -You're kids will still be a pain in the butt -Food won't taste any different -People won't be any nicer

So what are we really carrying on about?

Congratulations :-)

HTH

December 6, 2011 at 4:09 p.m.
BravesDave said...

Okay, we're eventually going to get rid of this arrogant CROOK. He doesn't want to leave because it's VERY PROFITABLE for him and his cohorts. Remind you of someone taking a 17-day vacation from a busy fund-raising schedule? Throw that lying BUM out too. You've taken back your CITY. Now it's time to take back your COUNTRY! (before it's too late)

December 6, 2011 at 4:29 p.m.
Lr103 said...

@homtownhero.

And I'd like to add: The wheels that started long before Mayor Littlefield was elected will keep on rolling, and all the reasons for the recall won't have any impact regardless of who is voted in as mayor.

December 6, 2011 at 4:33 p.m.
timbo said...

Nothing will change? Recalls are rare occurrence. This is only the second recall in chattanooga history. It will put the fear of god in our elected officials and those 2 will be elected to keep them from overstepping their bounds. It also slaps the power structure in the mouth. This recall will have an effect for years.
It also makes littlefield radioactive 4 the rest of his time.

December 6, 2011 at 5:28 p.m.
mikecsiy said...

I was offered free alcohol in exchange for signing a recall petition, so these guys aren't that ethical. Luckily for everyone involved, I don't live in Chattanooga.

December 6, 2011 at 7:09 p.m.
SandraOnSignal said...

I'm glad we don't have a mayor like that up here. Our mayor on the mountain has ethics...Ron keeps trying to emulate our mayor!

December 6, 2011 at 8:32 p.m.
macropetala8 said...

How exactly does a recall hurt someone? I doubt if any of this will actually affect the Littlefields' standard of living. The longest lasting affect will actually be on the citizens of Chattanooga, the image of Chattanooga as being viciously vindictive and the division all this has caused. The mayor will still come out on top. People always identify with the seemingly underdog. The one everyone seems to be beating up on. Victory is not always victory. Glad my family is moving away ASAP. Too many hateful people with an axe to grind in Chattanooga.

December 6, 2011 at 8:42 p.m.
MasterChefLen said...

The only reason Ron Littlefield is dragging this thing out is he knows that he could never be elected to anything here again after he is out of office and no one would be dumb enough to hire him in the private sector.

December 6, 2011 at 8:47 p.m.
skinemaxfan said...

An elected official who rallies against the same democratic process under which he was elected, as if entitled to rule once he assumed power.... it sounds more like Soviet Russia than Chattanooga. If he was worthy of the office, he would trust the voters to validate his appointment and allow the recall to take place while making his best effort to defend his seat on the basis of merit. He is just shooting himself in the foot when he goes about his defense via back channel routes, employing lawyers and threats instead of making a case for his worthiness to remain mayor to the voters . He is doomed if the recall takes place. He has some serious political capital to spend in terms of perceived success, relative in nature when compared to the dismal situation our country is facing, but a perception of success is success for politicians. Instead of making his argument for remaining in office and trusting the citizens, he continues to flail against the popular sentiment by means of his legal team and any loophole he finds in the system. I am by no means a Tea Party supporter, but I hate this mayor and look forward to his replacement by democratic recall.

December 6, 2011 at 10:52 p.m.
Legend said...

MasterChefLen said... The only reason Ron Littlefield is dragging this thing out is he knows that he could never be elected to anything here again after he is out of office and no one would be dumb enough to hire him in the private sector.

And do you think that actually bothers him or anyone? If the worst anyone think they can do is invalidate someone from ever being elected to office again then they and their group really haven't accomplished very much if anything at all.

December 7, 2011 at 10:29 a.m.
BravesDave said...

I agree with you timbo and MasterChefLen. It WILL make a difference in the future. You have a responsibility as an American not to just sit back and TAKE IT. Throw that lying, crooked career politician out!

December 7, 2011 at 12:21 p.m.
BravesDave said...

Mike, Mike Mike? Careful not to dip that ever-growing-larger nose of yours into your martini.

December 7, 2011 at 12:23 p.m.
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