One thing to hope to face voters in a bid to GAIN office.. Surely it is another to face the voters in the face of your failures and humiliation in the form of a recall. Andy Dillon, the guy who presided over the largest tax increase in Michigan history, put the brakes on proper house protocol, and with the smug look on his face.. Bye bye baby? Thanks to Leon Drolet for the heads up!
Federal U.S. District Court Judge Robert Holmes Bell issued an injunction that will likely result in Michigan House Speaker Andy Dillon facing recall in this November’s election.
Judge Bell ruled that the MI Secretary of State MUST count the 2,053 recall petition signatures that had previously been rejected because the people who collected them were not registered voters in Speaker Dillon’s district. Judge Bell ruled that Michigan’s laws restricting circulators were unconstitutional violations of the First Amendment’s right to free speech.
From Judge Bell’s injunction:
“IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Defendant Terri Lynn Land, as Michigan’s Secretary of State, SHALL re-examine the petitions filed seeking a recall election against Representative Dillon of Michigan’s 17th House District WITHOUT consideration of the M.C.L. § 168.957 requirements that (1) recall petition circulators be registered to vote, and that (2) recall petition circulators be residents of the legislative district of the official to be recalled.
If upon such re-examination Defendant determines that the required 8,724 valid signatures were gathered, then Defendant SHALL place the recall against Representative Dillon on the November 4, 2008, general election ballot.”
Badang! Just like that Free speech is protected!!! Whoo Hoo!