The fallout from a judge’s decision to block a recall effort continued this morning.
Mayor Ron Littlefield held a press conference emphasizing unity, flanked by current and past elected officials.
“At this time, we should not take our attention off the task at hand,” Littlefield said.
He said for much of the last few weeks, the recall effort had distracted him from being able to effectively govern.
An hour before the conference, the Hamilton County Election Commission briefly met and decided it did not need to address putting the recall on the Nov. 2 because Circuit Judge Jeff Hollingsworth ruled on Tuesday that petitioners did not have enough signatures.
The commission will meet again Friday to draw up the Nov. 2 ballot, which was on hold until the recall issue was decided.
Though recall petitioners have not said whether they’ll appeal the judges ruling, one member was present at the Election Commission meeting.
Charlie Wysong, a Chattanooga Tea Party member, spoke to the commission, saying recall petitioners are not angry at the commission.
After the ruling, groups involved in the recall effort indicated they’d received bad advice from the commission.
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Dan Whisenhunt covers Hamilton County government for the Times Free Press. A native of Mobile, Ala., Dan earned a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Alabama. He won first place for best in-depth news coverage in the 2010 Alabama Press Association contest; the FOI-First Amendment Award in the 2007 Alabama Press Association contest; first place for best public service story in the Alabama AP Managing Editors contest in 2009 for economic coverage; and ...