A Superior Court judge from King County, Washington, has approved a petition for a recall election for Democrat Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.
The petition is calling for Durkan to be recalled over her handling of police brutality, meaning petitioners can begin trying to meet the threshold of signatures in order to have the measure on November’s ballot, The Seattle Times reported.
The plaintiffs behind the effort, which is called the “Fire the Mayor” campaign, will reportedly need to collect 50,000 signatures before an election can be held.
“Jenny Durkan’s abuses of power, lack of foresight and failure to protect the public — and the peace — in Seattle leaves us with no choice,” petitioner Elliott Harvey wrote in a statement on the campaign’s website. “This is exactly the kind of case a recall is intended to address.”
The Seattle Times reported:
Once any recall petition is approved, signatures are needed to qualify for a special election ballot. The petitioners must, within 180 days, collect valid signatures from a number of voters equal to 25% of the votes cast in the last election. In this case, signatures from more than 50,000 Seattle voters would be needed.
In her ruling Friday, Judge Mary E. Roberts dismissed six of the seven charges put forward as “insufficient,” but allowed one — which accuses Durkan of allowing tear gas and other crowd-control weapons to be used during the coronavirus pandemic — to proceed “more narrowly than alleged.”
The judge did not rule on whether the allegation was true. “This court’s role, in this case, is limited,” she wrote. “At this stage of a recall effort, the court is to assume that the Recall Petitioners’ allegations are true, and to determine whether if true, they can support a recall.”
Formas, speaking for Durkan, said in a statement that the court’s ruling is significant since, at this stage of the proceedings, the judge must assume the allegations are true. “Even under this low standard, the Court dismissed six of the seven claims” in the petition, and dismissed a second petition altogether, the statement said.
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The Durkan petitioners’ recall effort accuses Durkan of “endanger(ing) the peace and safety of the community” by allowing the police to “leak false information about fabricated crimes and threats to the media” and putting a citywide curfew in place without giving advance notice to the public.
The petitioners also accused the Democratic mayor of restricting certain property rights in the neighborhoods of Capitol Hill and downtown Seattle.
In other words, Durkan is under fire from liberals before she isn’t being liberal enough.
The woke people of Seattle want to recall Durkan for basically interfering with the anarchy in the streets.
A spokesperson for the mayor’s office released a statement that tried to appease the woke mob and said the mayor “consistently has acted to protect the City’s public health and safety and to respect the constitutional rights to peaceful protesters.”
The petitioners filed seven charges against Durkan, but only one of them was deemed applicable and allowed to move forward: the use of tear gas and other chemical agents against rioting that erupted in Seattle during the protests over George Floyd’s death in late May.