Several people have asked for my views regarding the upcoming election initiative to recall state Sen. Jeff Denham. I believe the legal mechanism that allows for the recall of public officials should be reserved for cases of malfeasance, corruption in office and/or an inability to perform the job.
It is perfectly legitimate for a voter to support or oppose an elected official based on their votes for or against the budget or a particular policy matter. That's why we have regularly scheduled elections. However, if a voter disagrees with Denham's budget decisions, the time to address it was when he was seeking re-election to the state Senate. (In fact, the senator was correct in his budget analysis -- as the state budget crisis worsens we are all learning this.) Under no circumstances does his opposition to the budget warrant a recall.
If a precedent is set to use the recall mechanism for public policy disputes, we are likely to see special-interest-funded recall elections on a regular basis. That is not in the public interest and can only contribute to government paralysis. I strongly oppose the efforts to recall Denham.
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Stanislaus County Supervisor