Recall backers lash out at mayor's fundraiser

Recall backers lash out at mayor's fundraiser

September 15th, 2011 by Cliff Hightower in Local - Breaking News

Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield

Photo by John Rawlston/Times Free Press.

POLL: Should Mayor Littlefield ask the public for donations to help pay his legal fees?

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.