Critics: Filner recall is virtually impossible

SAN DIEGO – Signature gatherers are slated to hit the streets of San Diego soon in hopes to hold a recall election to potentially kick the mayor out of office. Some critics are convinced the recall is virtually impossible.

April Boling, a veteran political fundraiser, officially joined the Recall Bob Filner campaign this week. She was compelled to get involved as the accusations of sexual harassment against the San Diego City Mayor mounted.

filner-and-SD-money“Our challenge in this, isn’t to convince people to sign the petition,” said Boling. “We need people with big money to deliver. We need people with small donations to deliver.”

Boling, who helped run the Proposition B campaign for pension reform, said she’s been surprised with the outpouring of community support for the recall. Thousands of donations have already come in, but the campaign will need at least half million dollars to be a success, Boling said.

Money is just half the battle of taking the recall to a vote. The other is getting the 101,000 signatures within a 39-day window.

“Getting that many signatures in that short of time spam, is virtually impossible,” said veteran elections attorney Bob Ottilie.

“This recall is uncharted and unprecedented territory,” said Ottilie, who also served in the last and only successful recall ever held in San Diego.

“You have to collect 15 percent of the signatures cast in the prior election, in this case we had a presidential election, so you had a lot more votes,” said the attorney.

Even when and if signature gatherers are able to collect the 101,000, Ottilie said it wouldn’t be enough.  Signature gatherers will need many more to stay above the margin of error.

“There’s lots of ways to get bad signatures: People sign the petition twice or three times, they don’t live in the city, but they want to be a part of it so they sign, or they’re not a registered voter,” he said.

Signature gathering starts Sunday, August 18.


8 Comments to “Critics: Filner recall is virtually impossible”

    . . . . said:
    August 8, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Recall's not happening, the ' victim' kazoo marching band will fail no matter how many are in the band.

    Bowler's Desk San Diego News said:
    August 9, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    Reblogged this on San Diego News – Bowler's Desk and commented:
    Critics: Filner recall is virtually impossible

    Guest said:
    August 9, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Have the women file a battery charge against him. That is a criminal charge.

    Dee said:
    August 9, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    They will be able to get the signatures. People are pi$$ed….they'll get the signatures….

    Guest said:
    August 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Papa Doug will probably voluntarily print copies of the petition free for San Diegans to mail in inside of his paper. His motivation has nothing to do with with Filner's behavior.

    Krause said:
    August 12, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Author is with the labor union. I'm sure she believes there are no illegal aliens. Just people with no papers

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