The tool of the recall election was intended by our state’s former leaders as a way to exorcise elected officials who, in the eyes of the recall leaders, had committed crimes against their constituents. But the recall was certainly not intended to be a tool of retribution for someone to ravage an elected official for making a decision they do not agree with. The latter has occurred in Cudahy.
Cudahy Mayor Ryan McCue may face a recall, not for scrubbing the books or a personal indiscretion, but for opposing the construction of a Wal-Mart Supercenter in his city. It’s precisely what the residents of Franklin fought against having in their city. The increased traffic and crime the huge Wal-Mart would bring with it, to say nothing of better urban planning, were among the reasons it was successfully defeated.
Mayor McCue has done the right thing by blocking the attempted encroachment of Wal-Mart into his town. But apparently some don’t quite see it like that. Wal-Mart Watch has an excellent article on this, linking it to a property developer who lost out on a chance to get a lot of public money (read: taxpayer money) in the process. We feel their pain.
Metro Milwaukee Today and Today’s Concerns have linked this latest recall effort to the now-dissolved Franklin Citizens for Responsible Leadership. That group in turn was directly linked to Orville Seymer’s Citizens for Responsible Government first in a 2006 Journal Sentinel article, and today by Greg Kowalski.
The tool of the recall has been badly abused in recent years. Abuses like these, persecuting good leaders such as Mayor McCue for their good decisions, warrant raising what it takes to amount a successful recall election in Wisconsin.