I do think that recalls have a place in our political process. On the one hand I'm thinking that they should be rarely used and only under very serious circumstances. On the other hand I would not be comfortable in taking away the voice of and available options for "the people".
|Sen. Lena Taylor on Greta Van Susteren Show|
Lena Taylor is one of the AWOL 14 Democratic Senators who fled the state and have made a weird argument that by abrogating their sworn duties they are doing them. I have to admit that by sneaking out of the state to not vote was an interesting political move. I believe that by staying out of the state the length they did, they did not serve their constituents very well, I live in Sen. Taylor's district.
What I find so very interesting is that Sen. Taylor is one of more vocal proponents of recalls, of course for Republican only. So what we have here is a legislator who could arguably be shown to have refused to do her sworn obligation and therefore I think be an excellent candidate for recall encouraging the same for other Senators elected by a majority in their districts for a vote they've taken.
Sen. Taylor was a proponent of the mayoral takeover of MPS and she still is, though because of the uproar she has softened her tone quite a bit. At the time those who felt betrayed by her were very vocal on black talk radio and their mantra was "we'll remember this Sen. Taylor". I would think this would be a great opportunity for those who felt betrayed to show it. Maybe time does heal all wounds.
I will not participate in a recall of Lena Taylor. As much as I would like to see her out of office I have to be true to myself before the game of politics. If a recall is successfully mounted I will do my duty and vote - not for Sen. Taylor.