SAN DIEGO – The effort to recall embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner officially kicked off, as petitions were circulated at midnight and volunteers worked at a trio of three daytime civic events.
“We had a great time and there was a lot of receptiveness and response,” organizer Michael Pallamary said of the midnight kickoff.
The recall drive needs to turn in 102,000 valid signatures by Sept. 26 to qualify for the ballot.
“This march is for the people to send a message that Mr. Filner must immediately resign or be removed from office,” said rally spokeswoman Kathryn Vaughn, a San Diego attorney and workshop leader on sexual harassment in the workplace.
“San Diego deserves to have a leader with honor, integrity and respect for all people. Bob Filner’s appalling behavior will not be tolerated and is unacceptable for our city’s leader.”
Pallamary said there are exactly 39 days for the recall to qualify for the ballot. More than 800 San Diegans have signed up as volunteers to collect signatures or manage other aspects of the volunteer effort.
“People are very motivated to sign,” said Pallamary about the potential for the recall drive to be successful. He said volunteers would begin circulating petitions at larger venues like sporting events and shopping center, then eventuall go door-to-door in neighborhoods.
Asked why Filner should resign, Pallamary said, “He’s narcissistic. Clearly, he has some significant mental health conditions.”
Pallamary said he didn’t see how Filner could effectively continue as San Diego’s mayor.
“Where has he been since July 26?” Pallamary asked. “He can’t get anything done. He’s completely ineffective.”
Discussing his motivation for organizing the Filner recall drive, Pallamary said, ”I have a 10-year-old granddaughter who’s waking up every day and hearing these lurid accusations and stories. We need to stop this. We need to take it off television and out of the newspapers. My granddaughter needs to be empowered, and to know that this kind of behavior is not acceptable.”
For more information visit the website www.RecallBobFilner.com.