I know there has been much screaming in the streets, gnashing of teeth and general all around hysteria about recalls in some sectors. So I feel it only fair to share the following with you:
RECALLS ARE HARD!
Very hard. It's terribly difficult to even get a recall issue on a ballot, for one thing. You have to have a reason, obviously...but even before THAT, you have to have interest in the reason.
Then you need signatures. And not just a few. Have you ever gathered signatures for anything? No one likes signing petitions. No one likes being ASKED to sign petitions. No one likes being asked more than once to sign the SAME petition they've either already signed or refused to sign.
The RECALL JANICE DANIELS team gathered over 9,000 signatures nonetheless, and I was honored to be a part of that effort. But we walked in rain, wind, snow and heat. We stood on corners and got insulted, flipped off, screamed at and otherwise harassed by fellow residents for merely exercising our protected rights.
And that's just the beginning. Have you ever worked on a campaign? I have...three in two years. Non-stop work...non-stop writing...non-stop education of the electorate. It's exhilarating, exciting, humbling, soul-sucking, joyful, laborious, enriching work...sometimes all on the same day.
But it's work.
There are VERY FEW politicians who are recall worthy, in my opinion. Janice Daniels was the first ever in my entire life for whom I'd even consider bothering. I can think of NO ONE currently in office in my city for whom it would be necessary of desirable to go through that effort again anytime in the foreseeable future. I know of NO ONE who feels any differently than I do.
Again, RECALLS ARE HARD.
It'll be ok, Troy. I don't see an epidemic forming. Come out of your bunkers. It's safe now.