published Friday, December 16th, 2011

Mayor Ron Littlefield suing Hamilton County Election Commission to stop recall election


by Cliff Hightower

Poll
Should Mayor Ron Littlefield fight the recall efforts?

Attorneys for Mayor Ron Littlefield filed a second lawsuit this morning in Circuit Court to stop any potential recall election from occurring.

Hal North, Littlefield’s attorney, said he is asking for a temporary injunction hearing before Jan. 6, the pickup date for qualifying petitions for any potential mayoral candidates.

North filed the suit against the Hamilton County Election Commission. The commission certified recall petitions last month and set a recall election date for August 2012. The commission’s action took place a month after the Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled a Circuit Court judge’s ruling was wrong by not allowing the commission a chance to certify the recall petitions.

Circuit Court Judge Jeff Hollingsworth threw out the recall effort, saying the recall groups did not have enough signatures under state law.

He made his ruling October 2010 after three recall groups spent the entire summer collecting more than 15,000 signatures.

For more information, read tomorrow’s edition of the Times Free Press.

41
Comments do not represent the opinions of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, nor does it review every comment. Profanities, slurs and libelous remarks are prohibited. For more information you can view our Terms & Conditions and/or Ethics policy.
ChattanoogaVol said...

Step right up and donate to Ron's defense fund!

December 16, 2011 at 2:14 p.m.
PaulWilson said...

Why can't he just take his medicine like a man?!

December 16, 2011 at 2:22 p.m.
midnitewatchman said...

Is this not what he did the first time and it was thrown out by the Court of Appeals?

December 16, 2011 at 2:46 p.m.
crd07 said...

Mr. Mayor please face the facts and listen to the will of the people. More than 15,000 registered voters have asked that you be recalled. The Election Commission has agreed with the voters and now the courts have agreed. Please do what's best for our great city and listen to the people.

December 16, 2011 at 4:08 p.m.
ScoopAway said...

15,000 Names Not 15,000 voters

December 16, 2011 at 4:11 p.m.
fedup350 said...

What a pathetic little man Littlefield is......

December 16, 2011 at 5:40 p.m.
rolando said...

Uuuuuh. Someone didn't like me answering PaulWilson by saying something like men take their medicine...Littlefield doesn't.

Let's see if this one makes it.

He knows he won't win on recall so he runs to the courts.

December 16, 2011 at 6 p.m.
01centare said...

PaulWilson said... Why can't he just take his medicine like a man?!

That could be said for the whining recallers who wish the mayor would just tuck in his tail and quietly crawl away. Instead, he's taking a stand and fighting like a MAN! U-Go-Mayor!!

Unlike the sneaky and deceitful recallers who misrepresented themselves to voters to obtain their signatures.

December 16, 2011 at 6:25 p.m.
ScoopAway said...

I have asked over and over for someone to explain why Littlefield should be recalled What law did he break? Everything I've read about the recall is based on hurt feelings not about some law that was broken. And I've also noticed that most of these cry babies have only been in town a short time.

December 16, 2011 at 6:37 p.m.
fedup350 said...

Fighting like a man? He is a pathetic litte man trying to hold on to something he thinks his absolutely his. The Mayor’s office doesn’t belong to him. All he had to do was run again but he knows he will lose after showing his true colors. 01centare you don’t even live here, your posts on this don’t amount to a hill of beans. Why don’t you mind your own business, comment on things where you live? You very obviously have no knowledge of local matters here. That’s just what we need, someone from Atlanta (the most violent and messed up city in the South) giving us advise.

December 16, 2011 at 6:40 p.m.
fedup350 said...

Scoopaway, he doesn’t have to break a law. The recallers followed the law and Littlefield is the one being the crybaby. Why don’t you read up on the recall law and why the recallers got the petitions signed before you show your ignorance? Just for you Scoopaway..he doesn’t have to break a law to be recalled, sheesh, get a clue before you post.

December 16, 2011 at 6:46 p.m.
ScoopAway said...

Fup350--- explain why he is still working out if the CITY OF CHATTANOOGA MAYORS OFFICE? Thanks Smart Guy

December 16, 2011 at 6:51 p.m.
Emersization said...

Wis. Election Officials to Accept Mickey Mouse, Hitler Signatures

December 16, 2011 at 6:53 p.m.
fedup350 said...

Because he is abusing the legal system and trying to use lawyers to hang on for a few more months. He is already a useless lame duck. Look how the planning commission treated his annexation ideas, the voted them out in about 20 minutes. Ignorant guy...

December 16, 2011 at 6:54 p.m.
fedup350 said...

Everything is pretty much on hold until this loser finally leaves, one way or the other. recall the City Council next!!!!!

December 16, 2011 at 7:01 p.m.
ScoopAway said...

Who didn't know they would do that. And the next mayor will get the same results.
Tell me your reason for him being recalled other than disliking something that had to be passed and why go after the mayor? The council has the right to approve or deny anything that is sent to them. Right

December 16, 2011 at 7:04 p.m.
01centare said...

fedup350 said... Fighting like a man? He is a pathetic litte man trying to hold on to something he thinks his absolutely his. The Mayor’s office doesn’t belong to him. All he had to do was run again but he knows he will lose after showing his true colors. 01centare you don’t even live here, your posts on this don’t amount to a hill of beans. Why don’t you mind your own business, comment on things where you live? You very obviously have no knowledge of local matters here. That’s just what we need, someone from Atlanta (the most violent and messed up city in the South) giving us advise.

Well, sounds like someone's getting a LOT nervouse here? You'd better watch all that anger before you burst a major artery!! LOL

Atlanta? I live in Atlanta? That's news to me!! LMAO@U!!

Where can we make a donation to the mayor's defense fund? I'd like to put a check in the mail just to agitate the likes of fedup! LOL

December 16, 2011 at 7:12 p.m.
ScoopAway said...

This is going the same place as the mayor. Nowhere

December 16, 2011 at 7:13 p.m.
01centare said...

fedup350 said... Scoopaway, he doesn’t have to break a law. The recallers followed the law and Littlefield is the one being the crybaby.

Sure they followed the law, alright. Like, some of those signatures appear to be forgeries? Some have several signatures of the same persons signing multiple times at various locations? Just because I no longer live in Chattanooga doesn't mean I don't have connections and first hand knowledge.

Atlanta?! Now I've heard it all!! hilarious

December 16, 2011 at 7:16 p.m.
01centare said...

ScoopAway said... Who didn't know they would do that. And the next mayor will get the same results. Tell me your reason for him being recalled other than disliking something that had to be passed and why go after the mayor? The council has the right to approve or deny anything that is sent to them. Right

Scoopaway, here's the scoop. A quick rundown. Although I no longer live in Chattan town, I lived there when all this meanest started against mayor. The suburbanites returning to the city didn't want to live next door to or in close proximity to the poor. And they wanted to run the homeless from downtown. All this origianlly began when the mayor refused to allow the police to ride in and roughly round up the homeless and dump them at the state line{their words not mine} or where EVER they could dumped them. They wanted to displace the poor and scatter them. Some who'd own their homes for decades, though unable to maintain them to the elite's specifications, were to be forced out of their homes through code-enforcement condemning their homes and taking them away. Again, the mayor refused to go along to get along. The elite turned on him. But they needed to get enough signatures. So what did they do? They played the very people, poor/ and minority poor voters they originally wanted the mayor to go after in the first place. They played'em like a not-s-fined-piano to get their signatures. They pretended to have their interest at heart too. The poor not being well versed on these recallers and their sneaky tactics failed for the trick.

In some states, code enforcers were given so much power that they're now under investigation for committing serious crimes against the people. Mainly poor, minority and elderly. In Philadelphia some have been charged with felonies for actually going up into people's homes, locking them out, charging them with being hoarders then stealing their stuff. Sometimes bringing in trucks and hauling off truck loads of their belongings.

All of this stinks to high heaven, the mayor saw what all this could lead to, was leading to, and he refused to have any part in it. That's why and how they turned on him. It had nothing to do with the alleged gang problems. It had everything to do with their not wanting to be annexed(most of this is actually coming from the county whiners), and the mayor's refusal to go along with gentrifying poor neighborhoods and scattering the poor and homeles to points unknown.

December 16, 2011 at 7:34 p.m.
fedup350 said...

Wow 01centare you really spent a lot of time typing absolutely nothing, hmmm, thats the same thing the mayor has accomplished during his term. You and Littlefield have something in common, you both make no sense and you accomplish nothing while trying to belittle other people. That is the classic sign of someone with no self esteem. You don’t live here 01centare so your opinion means nothing. Your post is nothing more than a racist police hating rant. Get a grip, take your medicine. Did some mean ol policeman give you a ticket years ago and hurt your feelings? Then you talk about County residents, again, you don’t live here, no one gives a rats a@@ what you think. Pay attention to your own area; stop showing how stupid you are. You are really just making a fool out of yourself. You are the hater, you must really really have some low self esteem. If you love the mayor so much why don’t you have him come be your mayor whatever place you are calling home sweet home. Yeah, that’s it; send Littlefield back to N. Georgia. You can have him and Paul Page and Dan Johnson and Manny Rico and Jack Benson. Everyone will be happy then. You and all of your corrupt heroes can live happy ever after. Oh no, I am not angry; I just recognize stupidity when I see it. Look in the mirror and you will see it also.

December 16, 2011 at 8:15 p.m.
fedup350 said...

Oh and are you sure you want to send you "hard earned" welfare and food stamp card to the Mayors legal fund 01centare? How in thew world will you live and eat? maybe get some working people to pay your way for awhile? The same people that you hate so much... Now that is hilarious!!

December 16, 2011 at 8:18 p.m.
fedup350 said...

Oh and Scoopway, you are wrong, the mayor is going some place, away from here. one way or another he is going. You are really out there to say that he wont...send your money to him to, I am sure he will spend it wisely...

December 16, 2011 at 8:20 p.m.
Salsa said...

Littlefield's administration is what "stinks to high heaven". When he eventually leaves office and the truth starts really coming out, it is going to smell very bad.

December 16, 2011 at 8:48 p.m.
MasterChefLen said...

Here we go again, Ron Littlefield filing another lawsuit. I wonder how much his direct lawsuits against the city and sexual harassment lawsuits caused by his buddy sexual harasser Paul Page are costing the city of Chattanooga?

December 16, 2011 at 9:01 p.m.
Facts said...

Can we call into question any actions this irrelevant Mayor takes after this recall? If he were to move toward any annexation, could that be seen as void? City Council, you line up behind this politician, you should enjoy similar consequences.

December 16, 2011 at 9:12 p.m.
ScoopAway said...

Littlefield has every right to fight back.. and just for the record its how much money is the recallers costing the city of Chattanooga.

December 16, 2011 at 9:13 p.m.
01centare said...

fedup350 said... Oh and are you sure you want to send you "hard earned" welfare and food stamp card to the Mayors legal fund 01centare?

Now that's hilarious, fedup!! You truly missed your calling, comedian____LMAO@USM

December 16, 2011 at 9:34 p.m.
01centare said...

ScoopAway said... Littlefield has every right to fight back.. and just for the record its how much money is the recallers costing the city of Chattanooga

Unfortunately, scoopAway, the recallers aren't rational thinkers. They don't think that way. They're goals were selfish from the very beginning. They're like little pouty children who will hold their breath until they turn blue in the face and pass out. Without a thought they're only harming themselves.

The mayor's term would have been up anyway, and he would not have been able to run again. That wasn't enough for them. They're so filled with hate for the mayor that they wanted to destroy him. They're a vicious, vindictive bunch. In then end they'll only destroy themselves.

OH! I forgot to add, scoop: They're also went after the mayor because of that police living outside the city limits having to pay mileage fees or park their cars.

December 16, 2011 at 9:42 p.m.
eddieray said...

you idiots that believe this mayor is that good are probably the same ones that got our current president elected. i lived in the city of Chattanooga and moved to the county because i was tired of getting ripped off and now Littlefield wants to ruin the area i live.

December 16, 2011 at 10:04 p.m.
BravesDave said...

2 words. "Career politician."

December 16, 2011 at 11:31 p.m.
SavartiTN said...

I have a question...who is paying the attorney bill for this lawsuit?

December 16, 2011 at 11:41 p.m.
Haiku said...

An even better question would be who's financing the recallers, their lawyers and why? There's got to be some pretty big players with deep pockets to have started this recall in the first place. So, the question is, who's the puppet master(s) controlling the puppets?

December 17, 2011 at 12:23 a.m.
Marathon5454 said...

I suspect that Littlefield's friend Hollingsworth will think twice about issuing another "good ole boy" ruling after the slapdown that he got from the appeals court

December 17, 2011 at 1:10 p.m.
BravesDave said...

Can't wait for the day that this great city is rid of the self-centered, corrupt, "entitled" Mayor of Oz.

December 17, 2011 at 11:57 p.m.
please login to post a comment

videos »         

photos »         

e-edition »

advertisement
advertisement

Find a Business

400 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
General Information (423) 756-6900
Copyright, Permissions, Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, Ethics policy - Copyright ©2014, Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc.