Jim Folkner, with Citizens to Recall Mayor Littlefield, lashed out today in a press release against Mayor Ron Littlefield for raising money for his defense against recall efforts.
“Fifteen thousand people say Littlefield is going the wrong way,” Folkner wrote. “So he throws a party?”
Littlefield is holding a fundraising event tonight at the home of Capital Toyota dealer Bob McKamey. The event is $250-per-person and the mayor is trying to raise funds for his legal defense against a recall effort mounted last year.
Recallers said they gathered more than 15,000 votes to force a ballot question, but the effort was later shot down in General Sessions court.
The recallers have since filed an appeal and are awaiting a decision.
The press release also includes responses from others involved in wishing to recall the mayor, including the Chattanooga Tea Party and the International Brotherhood of Police Officers.
Detective Phil Grubb, president of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, said in the press release he is appalled the mayor is asking citizens to pay for his defense.
“It’s insulting when he claims he is not a wealthy man,” Grubb said. “He makes five times what the ordinary police officers are paid.”
For more information, read tomorrow’s edition of the Times Free Press.
Cliff has worked for the Times Free Press for five years and covers Chattanooga city government. He previously covered Rhea County, as well as transportation and growth and development in Southeast Tennessee. A native of Maryville, Tenn., Cliff graduated in 2003 from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis on journalism. Before coming to Chattanooga, he was a crime reporter with Hernando Today, a supplement of The Tampa (Fla.) ...
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