The group targeting La Crosse Common Council president Audrey Kader for recall said Friday they already have enough signatures from her district to force a special election.

Restore La Crosse Committee members gathered about 250 signatures over three nights this week in District 11, organizer Greg Luce said. Only 158 are needed to trigger the recall vote.

“It wasn’t hard at all,” Luce said, adding “They want her gone.”

They plan to continue the petition drive, however, for additional weeks to exceed the 275 votes Kader received running unopposed in 2011. They have up to 60 days.

The group also wants to delay submitting the petitions long enough to have a late January vote rather than having the special election fall during the holidays, Luce said.

The group launched the recall drive Sept. 21, saying Kader lacks leadership and “has failed to provide direction to the mayor.”

Kader said she has reached out to the mayor but added Friday, “I’m not elected to provide guidance to the mayor, I’m elected to represent my constituents.”

In a press release Friday, a Restore La Crosse group member reportedly told one petition signer that, “Thanks to Audrey Kader you can now get a $170 ticket for not having lids on your trash cans when you put them out.”

Kader, though, cast one of two no votes against the city’s new refuse and recycling regulations that require trash be placed in a container with a lid. She also sought to have the regulations delayed six months while the city works on a new trash collection contract that would start in 2014.

Asked about the apparent misrepresentation, Luce said Kader still presided over the council that set the trash rules and other “arbitrary” policies such as the new sign regulations and plans to charge for parking in the downtown ramps.

They started with Kader because “she’s obviously the easiest one to dislike on the whole council,” but Luce added, “We  are targeting them all.”

The group also supposedly had a Franciscan nun who referred to Kader as “an ass” in signing the petition, according to its press release.

The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration’s St. Rose Convent, 912 Market St., is in Kader’s district. The FSPA had no response Friday to Restore La Crosse’s comments.

Kader said Friday she’s been buoyed by a wave of encouragement since the recall effort began and remains confident she still has support in her district.

“It’s a horrendous mess, a waste of time and money and demoralizing for everybody,” she said.

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random annoying bozo
random annoying bozo

kadar is the nancy pelosi of lacrosse politics.....i'd say more about her, but i don't want to insult a box of rocks.

Opus
Opus

"Asked about the apparent misrepresentation, Luce said Kader still presided over the council that set the trash rules and other “arbitrary” policies such as the new sign regulations and plans to charge for parking in the downtown ramps."

Attaboy Luce! Just keep twisting the lies around until it turns into your truth! Really nice.

"The group launched the recall drive Sept. 21, saying Kader lacks leadership and “has failed to provide direction to the mayor.”" Genius! The mayor says NOTHING in council or committee meetings and Kader lacks leadership?

I can't wait to see who you put up as a candidate....

Lucenut
Lucenut

Hey ding-a-ling you need to read the job description for common council president, and so should Audrey. (It says to provide leadership to the council and direction to the mayor)

KrustyV
KrustyV

It is a good start but not enough, we need to get rid of all of them. Every last worthless idiot on the council. I have no love of the tea party but at least they got the ball rolling. It is going to be hard to find people that are willing to replace these brain dead back stabbers on the council, not many people have the time for it. We have to work and slave away to be able to afford the outrageous taxes, fees, licenses, permits, and permits that we have to pay to live here. Even if we have to replace the council with homeless people or unemployed herion junkies we will be much better off than with the crew we have now. My district is being destroyed by Marylin Wigdahl, if nobody runs against her then I will do it myself. At least I understand that we have to give the residents a break, they can'r afford to live here anymore.

Tim Russell
Tim Russell

Good for you Krusty. Good luck.
But my guess is you talk the talk but can't walk the walk.

Buggs Raplin
Buggs Raplin

Then I'll finally be able to identify you...

Lucenut
Lucenut

Krusty, email me greg@lacrosseteaparty.com

Wigdahl isn't up until 2015.

We already have at least 4 good candidates committed for April's elections for seats 1-8. The others should be recalled for dereliction of duty.

OK123
OK123

I'm sorry, but this group's hypocrisy is stunning. To say Kader lacks leadership and then support Harter in the same breath might be the most blatant and outrageous hypocricy I have seen at any level of election. And instead of going after Kader for failing to provide direction to the mayor, perhaps they could go after Harter for failing to provide direction to anybody. Occasionally regurgitating an advisor's ideas on a whim is not leadership. Neither is 27 vetos after sitting without providing direction himself.

HonestAbe
HonestAbe

We should allow her to stay in the city though, just flatten out the top of one of the round-a-bouts so she can pitch a tent on top. Perfect.

Only she could tick off a nun .... did that sink in yet Audrey?

You have a position that affects peoples lives, you think you can ding people at every step and not face a consequence, WRONG.

HonestAbe
HonestAbe

“I’m not elected to provide guidance to the mayor, I’m elected to represent my constituents.”

and you're not doing either one, regardless

You don't know your roll. Time to get out granny nanny.

Thought you weren't worried because he wouldn't get the votes, are you out of denial yet Audrey? This isn't your sandbox, the citizens allowed you to sit in it, and you're ignoring them, what did you expect?

I'm sure coming up with people to run against her will be a non-issue ... obviously it doesn't take much. I'll vote for anyone that has no political experience or affiliations, just a plain Joe with common sense and sense of community is what is needed.

This position has gone to your head audrey ... time to pad your behind prior to the kick.

Jennie-O
Jennie-O

Hey-Hey, Ho-Ho, Audrey Kader's got to go!

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Hey-Hey, Ho-Ho, Audrey Kader's got to go!

Hey-Hey, Ho-Ho, Audrey Kader's got to go!

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Hey-Hey, Ho-Ho, Audrey Kader's got to go!

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JS
JS

Does no good to recall if you don't have a decent candidate to run against them. June 5th proved that well. I can guarantee people did not go to the polls because they were motivated by Barrett, they went to vote against Walker. We see the same exact situation with Romney in the presidential race where I have met very few who enthusiastically supports Romney, most are just voting against Obama.

As for the council, how about someone run against dingbat Wigdahl and Swantz. You would think it their districts it would be easier to find someone to run against them. I thought about running against Swantz but instead we just decided to move out of the city (pay the same property taxes for a home worth 1.5 times more).

Lastly, oz just wait until next summer. If the republicans are one vote short of the majority in the state senate and the next two year budget id deadlocked; Lehman get's recalled.

oz
oz

Hypocrisy alert!

These tea party freaks are the same people who said the Walker recall was a waste of time and money. They want to have the election in January, THREE MONTHS before the REAL election.

Buggs Raplin
Buggs Raplin

Well, Audrey may be 'demoralized' as well as her supporters, but not "everybody" is demoralized.

Buggs Raplin
Buggs Raplin

I am surprised they got the signatures. The election should be interesting.

takka
takka

Hey Dave Jar. I can't wait until Scooter is led out of his office in shackles. That will be a great day for the state of Wisconsin!! Is Dave Jar going to run against Audrey??

David Jarzemski
David Jarzemski

I don't live in her district, but I would seriously consider it, if I was.

burnout
burnout

Hey Dave Jar. I came to my senses and realized I was all wrong about Scott Walker, he was right about public unions. Vote out Obama. He is the real criminal!! Wake up people. Can't wait until Obama is led out in shackles!!!! That will be a great day for the state of Wisconsin!!

Balancr
Balancr

Whatever Dave. Scott Walker's a joke. Millionaire raising man just raised enough money to save himself, and he had a Romney-like opponent running against himself

David Jarzemski
David Jarzemski

The average voter in Wisconsin didn't think Gov Walker was a joke...so, take that to the bank and smoke it.

ridgerunner245
ridgerunner245

If Luce wants change so badly, maybe his name should be written in as a write in candidate when the recall election is held. Put your money where your mouth is........

Lucenut
Lucenut

You have to be a resident of District 11 to run for the seat. Pay attention. We already have 2 very qualified candidates committed to running and I expect more. These people have been misrepresented by Kader way too long, and they are angry.

CelticMan
CelticMan

Wow, Luce seems to be running for office himself: village idiot.

David Jarzemski
David Jarzemski

[quote]“It’s a horrendous mess, a waste of time and money and demoralizing for everybody,” she said.[/quote]Now you know how those of us who supported Gov Walker through the recall nonsense felt.

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