Background.

From the Times-Picayune:

Ryan and Kourtney Fournier of Jefferson submitted paperwork to the Secretary of State’s office that allows them to attempt to collect the nearly 1 million signatures needed over the next 180 days to force a recall election of the governor. The papers were mailed Thursday and arrived Friday.

Ryan Fournier, 32, said he is a registered Republican and was “a huge supporter for Bobby.

Outside of California, do these things ever work? By the way, they’d have to get around 300,000 more signatures than Bobby Jindal got votes.

And

Does anyone else find the breaking news aspect of the story comically awesome?

In all seriousness, Louisianans (mainly Louisiana Republicans) have- historically- liked to raise the specter of a recall to increase public and political awareness. It’s a powerful and often underutilized tool, though its application is sometimes uneven.

In recent years, consider:

From the Baton Rouge Business Report:

In 1991, a Baton Rouge lawyer, unhappy when the governor’s race came down to a runoff between scandal-plagued former Gov. Edwin Edwards and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, started pushing for a recall of the winner before the votes were cast. Edwards, now in prison on a corruption conviction, won.

After Edwards took office, the “Recall ’92” campaign gained only 348,000 of the 750,000 signatures that would have been needed.

A resident of St. Martinville filed a recall petition against Blanco. (I feel sick having to source Michelle Malkin. If someone can find another record of the now-archived Times-Pic article, let me know).

A formal push to oust Gov. Kathleen Blanco, after harsh criticism of her response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita, began Tuesday when a St. Martinville resident filed a recall petition with Louisiana’s elections office.

The task is a tough one: in Louisiana, a recall election requires handwritten petition signatures from at least one-third of the state’s registered voters, or about 900,000 people, in 180 days, according to Jennifer Marusak of the secretary of state’s office.

The 180-day period began Tuesday, when the petition was filed, she said.

Then, a majority of voters in a recall election would have to vote to get rid of Blanco, a Democrat, before she would be forced out of office.

Blanco was out of the country Tuesday, studying flood-control measures in Holland, and unavailable to comment.

Jindal’s apparent decision to not veto the legislative pay raise bill has engendered an unprecedented response, but it’s difficult for me to be impressed– considering the absence of passion about our most important issues.

The pay raise bill is frustrating, to be sure, but it also underscores our lack of a collective hierarchy of needs for our State. It, once again, demonstrates our State’s (or at least our State’s media’s) inability to recognize the most pressing issues at hand: The pay raise bill is important, but the intensity in which some have approached this make me wonder where the intensity has been about other, vastly more important issues.

I tend to agree with Oyster:

I guess if Governor Jindal vetoes this bill, we can go back to being complacent about flood protection, the coast, schools, jobs, roads, crime, housing and rebuilding New Orleans…. until, presumably, a few decades pass and the Legislature wants to award itself another raise. Then a new generation can safely revolt! (Of course, there might be fewer South Louisiana leges at that time because 1/3 of the state will have washed away, but why should that possibility elevate anyone’s blood pressure?)

And, as if the pay raise bill isn’t embarrassing enough, Louisiana has also been (rightfully) criticized for passing castration and creationism bills!

Boy do we have our priorities straight!

Is this really the agenda Republicans claimed was mandated by last year’s election?

What a complete and total disappointment.

One thought

  1. I commented on YRHT on that piece: “All of that being said, you are correct, it will not have lasting impact. It will blow over in a couple of months.”
    I now disagree with myself. I think this one terrible miscalculation on the part of the lege and the governor has raised public awareness to a new level and that people will keep a much more critical eye on Baton Rouge.
    At least I hope so.

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