Petitions filed to recall council president Kader

2012-11-16T15:30:00Z 2012-11-16T15:59:42Z Petitions filed to recall council president KaderBy BETSY BLOOM | La Crosse Tribune

A group seeking to oust La Crosse council president Audrey Kader filed petitions today for a recall election.

Greg Luce, who said he represents both the tea party and the Restore La Crosse Committee, submitted 30 pages of recall petitions with 252 signatures to city Clerk Teri Lehrke.

The group needed 158 signatures from Kader’s District 11 to trigger the recall election.

The clerk has 31 days to certify the petition, after which Kader would have 10 days to challenge. The group then has five days for rebuttal.

If the petitions stand after that point, the election would be set on the Tuesday six weeks later, probably in February. Should a primary be needed, the final vote would be four weeks after that, Lehrke said.

Luce said they focused on Kader because of her leadership as council president and her votes in favor of eliminating Committee of the Whole. Mayor Matt Harter earlier this week vetoed a measure to suspend the committee for the first three months of 2013.

“She’s the tip of the spear,” Luce said, adding other council members will be targeted in the spring elections.

Kader, who was in City Hall to obtain copies of the petitions for review, called the effort “a ridiculous waste of time.”

Though redistricting changed about half the makeup of her district, “I feel pretty good about my constituency,” Kader said.

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(4) Comments

  1. Report Abuse
    - November 16, 2012 8:55 pm
    T'was the night before the recall,
    And all thru' the town,
    Tempers were flaring
    Emotions ran up and down.

    I, in my bathrobe
    With a cat in my lap,
    Had shut off the TV,
    tired of political c r a p.

    When all of a sudden,
    There arose such a noise,
    I peered out my window,
    Saw Kader and her boys

    They had come for my wallet,
    They wanted my pay
    To hand out to others
    Who had not worked a day!

    She snatched up my money,
    And quick as a wink,
    Jumped back on her bandwagon
    Insulting voters ability to think.

    She then rallied her henchmen
    Who were pulling her cart.
    I could tell they were out
    To tear my city apart!

    'On Happel, on Olson,
    On Swantz and Becker!
    On Johnson, on Richmond'
    She screamed at the pairs!

    They took off for her cause,
    And as they flew out of sight,
    I heard her laugh at the newspaper
    Who wouldn't stand up and fight!

    So I leave you to think on this one final note...

  2. 57
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    57 - November 16, 2012 8:21 pm
    Time for this one to go home asap. Watch the Wife and tea, go for a walk. Hop on the bus, one way please,try a train,plane but please stay away. Good luck to U.
  3. Lucenut
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    Lucenut - November 16, 2012 4:45 pm
    Soooo if I root against the home team once, I have to always root against the home team? I was against the Walker recall because Walker espoused conservative ideas. Audrey Kader is the opposite of conservative. Doesn't sound like you've been paying attention.
  4. Breezy
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    Breezy - November 16, 2012 4:04 pm
    Lucenut goes the recall route. The same Lucenut who railed against the Walker recall. Hypocrite much? What a waste of taxpayer money. Thankfully its not the city I live in.
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