published Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Pull the plug on the recall

Stop the madness.

Members of Citizens for Government Accountability and Transparency, those of you who live in Chattanooga City Council District 7 and those of who who don't, go now and demand the Hamilton County Election Commission end your effort to recall Chris Anderson as councilman in District 7.

Then speak against his proposals and urge the council to vote against everything he suggests. Hate his lifestyle if it makes you feel better. Make a complete spectacle of yourself. Knock yourself out. Then vote against him if he runs for re-election in 2017.

But do not use our county dollars for a recall election because you don't like that Anderson's gay or that he proposed domestic partner benefits for city employees. This makes every council-

person's every vote the potential subject of a recall election because someone doesn't like it. Don't make Chattanooga a laughingstock.

Now, there's a lawsuit filed on the councilman's behalf, suggesting the Election Commission allowed the recall drive to go forward even though it knew it was discriminatory. Your quick efforts, you members of Citizens for Government Accountability and Transparency, can both shut down this lawsuit and the petition drive. Do it now.

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conservative said...

Whine, whine and whine some more.

February 19, 2014 at 7:56 a.m.
aae1049 said...

Whaaaa cry. Recall is a provision in State Law and the City Charter. Why do these provisions exist? Are citizens that are dissatisfied not supposed to exercise the recall provisions. The check and balance is they must get 15 percent of the registered voters to sign on. That is a tall order in my opinion.

February 19, 2014 at 8:29 a.m.
gjuster said...

CGAT nor the Tea Party is involved in the recall effort - please have your facts straight

February 19, 2014 at 8:32 a.m.
SPQR said...

Since when did being "gay" disqualify someone from being recalled?

February 19, 2014 at 10:05 a.m.

Don't y'all know, "gays" are sacred cows! Everyone knew that he was "gay" when he ran, yet he was elected. Just BO bitching and whining about his low popularity, blaming it on race, after being elected twice for president. Liberals are pathetic.

February 20, 2014 at 12:46 p.m.
Ki said...

SPQR, You can recall a ham sandwich. You just can't recall it for being a ham sandwich. That's discrimination. The same as Manny Rico couldn't be recalled simply for being Mexican, John Taylor when he was over District 7 simply for being black or Andy Berke, presently mayor, for being Jewish.

February 20, 2014 at 6:41 p.m.
Hunter_Bluff said...

I don't often agree with the Free Press editorial page but I strongly "amen" this opinion. Recalls are a foolish use of taxpayer money. Don't like his politics, give money to his opponent or run yourself - see how much you enjoy public life.

February 20, 2014 at 10:05 p.m.
lightkeeper said...

This is one prejudice, over the top about everything, mean spirited, screwed up community with a church on every corner. Don't think for one minute that this city and editorials here on the TFP is not being monitored all over the nation. Many people are embarrassed to say they are from here or Tennessee as a matter of fact. There should be a big warning sign on the freeway that reads CHATTANOOGA IS OK TO VISIT BUT YOU DON'T WANT TO LIVE HERE !

February 21, 2014 at 10:24 a.m.
cooljb said...

I have a question. What about the dependent family members of city workers? Are they not being discriminated against? Take for instance a city worker that has a disabled parent, brother, sister, adult child that is totally dependent on the city worker? Why were they not included in the law so that the benefits could be included in those family members lives?? Instead Anderson only targeted live in lover's of a specific time frame to give city worker benefits to. I dare say that actual blood family members dependent upon city workers for their care and keeping are more deserving than unmarried boy friends or girlfriends. That my friends is discrimination against the actual needy and disabled family members of the actual city workers. Should not those folks be taken care of BEFORE a boyfriend or girlfriend that could actually fake a relationship so they could take a free ride on the tax payers dime. The law he proposed is putting an unrelated friend/lover ahead of actual family dependents, now is that not putting a selfish, personal agenda ahead of the family members? I find it amazing that family is jumped over for his agenda.

February 21, 2014 at 2:13 p.m.
Ki said...

cooljb, you're not making any sense. A disabled child or spouse would already be included on any government and even private employees insurance. However, if that disabled child or spouse also qualifies for Medicare, which in most all cases they do, then Medicare would become their primary payer and the gov. or private insurance would be their secondary if the employee choose to keep them on his or her employee's medical insurance.

As for a disabled parent, if that parent never worked or didn't earn enough quarters and dependent upon their income, if they have one, that parent can also be declared their child's dependent. That's in goes for both public and private employees and employers. However, in most cases that parent, depending on income, might still qualify for Medicare and/or Medicaid and state insurance.

February 21, 2014 at 5:29 p.m.
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