I’ll be the first to admit that I am not the biggest fan of Mayor Herenton. I don’t think the city has been managed in the best way, to say the least, I can’t stand the way he damages the perception of this city with his “I was chosen by God”-type remarks, and I am mad as heck about his campaigning last time talking about our wonderful budget surpluses during the campaign. As soon as the campaign was over it changed to “Holy Crap! We have huge deficits. We have to cut everything, lay people off, stop funding the city schools from the city budget, etc.” There are multiple political leaders who I would prefer to sit in that office. And despite what many people say, Herenton is not a Democrat. I don’t think he even really sees himself as one. He is elected to a nonpartisan office, gets most of his money from Republicans, most of his votes from Democrats, and has supported politicians from both parties. Seems like I would be a perfect candidate to sign the recall petition, right? Wrong. The Davis recall in California was wrong. Davis had done nothing illegal and was merely in a bad political position in the middle of his term that any governor would have been in in the same circumstances. It would be hypocritical for me to oppose that recall but support this one. Recalls should only be used in the event of some gross malfeasance. For any other purposes the effects of recalls are too damaging to be worth getting rid of any individual elected official. Herenton won his election fairly (no matter what I thought about it) and handily. If we recalled him it would either go against the will of a democratic election or it would only be overturned quickly with his reelection making him even stronger. My problem is that if we recall elected officials any time they tick us off we turn elected officials into even more spineless wimps than they often tend to be. As it is, they are so concerned with reelection that they are afraid to take strong stances in the event that they may offend some voters and drop in polls. Now put the threat of a recall hanging over their head every single day instead of every few years and show me a politician who is going to take a political stand for what is right.
Ignoring that. Who will replace Herenton in the off chance that the recall passes? I said that I could think of several elected officials that I would like better as mayor, but I can think of even more that would be just as bad if not worse. My students are almost finished with their test, so I guess I should actually go back to earning my paycheck.