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'Chicago-Style' Fake Recall Underway to Keep Filthy Filner in Office?

Stampp Corbin, a close Filner ally and publisher of the LGBT weekly in San Diego, has filed a recall notice to recall Mayor Filthy Filner.  Corbin was the first to mount a recall effort when he published a notice in the San Diego Union Tribune on Friday. 

Publishing a notice for a recall starts a 60 day clock for the process. Signature gathering takes place three weeks later and the petitioners have 39 days to gather 101,597 signatures. A thirty day extension is allowed if needed. 

San Diego Gay and Lesbian News reports

By triggering the recall process on July 25, and without much fanfare, Corbin appears to be taking time away from organizers to mount a proper campaign. And it calls into question whether another recall effort led by land-use consultant Michael Pallamary, who has given Filner until today, July 29, to resign or face a recall petition, can now go forward.

Corbin has also stated he will not run a paid campaign with staff to collect signatures.  If the effort fails, the recall effort would be set back, as the rules dictate a six month waiting period once a recall petition has failed.

Last weekend, Susan Jester, head of the Log Cabin Republicans said Corbin described his plan to her, describing his plan to start his own recall drive as “Chicago-style politics.”

“He bragged to me that it would be a way to stop the group getting ready to file” their own recall drive, said Jester, president of the Log Cabin Republicans of San Diego County. “He said, ‘It occurred to me that it would derail the other group.’”

Corbin, who was appointed chairman of the Citizens Equal Opportunity Commission by Filner, denies such sabotage.  


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