Friday, July 4, 2014

Massachussetts: A not entirely accurate look at the Hanson recall

A follow-up on last week's Hanson recall of Selectman Stephen Amico, who lost the recall 1,175 to 449, and then ran and lost the replacement vote 1,183-417 (and the recall of James Egan in May).
The article cites the executive director of the Minnock Center for International Engagement at Bridgewater State University, who has a number of incorrect statements about recalls.

For one, there is a claim (not in a direct quote) that "it was unusual to see a recall election take place at the local level," and that (again, not a direct quote) "[T]ypically, recall campaigns are leveled against high-ranking state officials, like governors or state legislators who have committed some type of wrongdoing."
“It is usually over corruption or some type of malfeasance in office where somebody has clearly broken the law either personally or while in office."
Anyone who follows this blog knows these statements are incorrect. The vast, vast majority of recalls are of local officials (in fact, very few have been launched against state level officials), and most recalls are not about corruption, but instead just about local issues.

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