jjmex and timbo,
Only petty people who pretend to be public servants do not represent all the people. The whole point is to replace an individual like you described with someone different.
I also worked 15 years for Sears, Roebuck (when Wal-Mart was in its infancy), plus my wife was a career Army office. All the above, plus my 17 yrs. teaching gives me a broad base of experiences to draw upon. I will listen to anyone willing to offer up positive, reasonable suggestions that will help make Chattanooga a better place for all.
Basil will remind anyone who will listen how famous he is. Was his inclusion meant to evoke comic relief or pity?
Maybe Zach Wamp lost his bid for the Governor's seat because he, like so many others today in political office it seems, do not actually study the history of their country. The idea of recalls dates back to Athenian democracy and during the American Revolutionary period the Articles of Confederation stipulated that state legislatures might recall delegates from the continental congress. The recall election was one of the major electoral reforms of the Progressive movement in the United States during the late 1800s and early 1900s. While most of the time recalls do come about because of malfeasance or misconduct, in eleven states that permit state-wide recall, no grounds are required and recall petitions may be circulated for ANY reason. In addition, Chattanooga and Tennessee also stipulate that a local elected official can be recalled for ANY reason. Mr. Littlefield's recall was about him being completely out of touch with the hard working citizens of Chattanooga. He may hold the position and the title, but his "Unity" address, his actions and words have shown that he no longer represents or will allow the will of a large percentage the ordinary citizens of Chattanooga get it the way of his agenda. His political and personal responses to the recall effort were, in my opinion, misconduct unbecoming a "public servant".
The City Council and Mayor dropped the ball in 2002 in their review of the Charter. Section 3.18 was in direct conflict with TN. Code 2-5-151 on recalls passed in 1997. By not enacting Section 3.18 of the City Charter in 2002 on the August referendum, the recall effort was doomed because of the 15,400 signatures required by State law. Furthermore, the incorrect directions given to the recall forces by the Election Commission meant that the lack of a date by each signature would kayo the recall. Finally, the State law needs to be amended because recall elections can now only take place at regularly scheduled county elections, which take place every two years. A successful recall effort should automatically trigger a special election.
Mr. Littlefield's own words have exposed, and condemned, his ethics and character more than anything someone could have said or done.
Cry Babies? I think not, I agree with Jason McG.
The citizens are upset over the recent 19% property increase, 300% storm water fee increase and huge increases in numerous other fees and permits during the worst recession since the Great Depression. Secondly, the habit of nonfeasance by previous Mayors and City Council's for the past 8 to 12 years, especially in regards to Federal Clean Water and Water Quality regulations. Finally, Mayor Littlefield's statement in March, 2010 that in Chattanooga the recession was over, thereby claiming it was okay to increase taxes.
What type of argument would suggest that when leaders defy the will of the citizens they should shut up and wait for the next election? That is why the vast majority of cities in the US have the recall option in their charters; it is the recourse available in-between scheduled elections.
And no it will not cost the city that much to have the recall election because it will take place during the scheduled mid-term elections in November. It may actually boost the economy considering the money that will be funneled into the campaign.