Formal Process To Recall Governor For Issuing Lockdown Order Begins In Arizona

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Ducey is just another typical, cowardly Republican sick with Stockholm Syndrome and fear of the media.

He’s also known for accepting bribes from ice cream suppliers so that they could then rip off his own Cold Stone franchisees with overpriced goods.

You’ll also notice that not one of these governors and mayors who ordered millions of their constituents to forfeit their paychecks have offered to forfeit their own, which every single one of them should have done in a gesture of good faith and solidarity. They could’ve even donated each week’s paycheck to a different small group of people put out of work by their lockdown orders. But no. They’re all spineless pigs willing to kill millions of jobs in a misguided scheme to save just one: their own.

Hopefully that scheme will be doomed to fail, as it should, and they will be recalled or voted out of office, as they deserve.

Never forget what they did to you and your fellow Americans.

Excerpted from The Arizona Republic: Critics of Arizona’s stay-at-home order filed a petition Friday to recall Gov. Doug Ducey, claiming he had “committed a violation of his oath of office” by issuing an “unconstitutional directive.”

“It is the duty of the citizens of the state of Arizona to hold our elected officials accountable and to protect our God given rights,” the petition says.

It charges Ducey, a Republican, with “unequally enforcing the law in Arizona upon Arizona citizens and businesses and by failure to address citizens and businesses grievances.”

A committee called Arizonans for Liberty is heading the effort, according to the documentation submitted to the Secretary of State’s Office. Marko Trickovic, a Valley real estate agent who has been a vocal proponent of “reopening Arizona,” is listed as chairman.

To successfully prompt a recall election, the group would have to collect 594,111 signatures by Aug. 29 — a heavy lift even without a global pandemic.

Recall Effort Caps Weeks Of Backlash Against Governor

The recall effort caps off weeks of backlash to Ducey’s stay-at-home order, issued March 30 to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

The directive generally limited Arizonans to leaving home only for food, medical care, exercise and other “essential activities.” It also required many businesses to close, leading some Arizonans to argue their rights were being trampled.

Protesters have swarmed the state Capitol and flooded social media with complaints, saying the state’s COVID-19 “hysteria” is overblown and the Bill of Rights “has no exceptions for pandemics.”

The backlash escalated Wednesday, after Ducey announced he would extend the order through May 15 with modifications, rather than letting it expire April 30.

Though the governor said he’d allow certain retailers to reopen on a limited basis next week — and would gradually phase out the rest of the state’s restrictions — critics were unimpressed. Some business owners decided to open Friday in defiance of Ducey’s order, saying they had no choice after being rejected for loans and other aid.

Others told The Arizona Republic they had no problem publicly flouting the rules, because the COVID-19 situation had been blown out of proportion.

“People need to stay home if they’re sick, but I do not believe the whole economic structure needs to be shut down,” Wendy Moore, owner of the Beauty Mark salon in Surprise, said. She did a lash treatment at 10 a.m., and other customers followed.

Violators of Ducey’s orders could face a $2,500 fine and up to six months in jail. The governor said he takes no joy “at all in putting an order out there that’s enforceable by law, that provides fines,” but “it’s to protect public health.”

Ducey also faces ongoing criticism from other elected officials within his party, even as he receives bipartisan support for his phased reopening plan from other community and business leaders.

After he announced he would extend the stay-at-home order Wednesday, state Rep. Kelly Townsend called his approach unwarranted and unconstitutional.

The Mesa Republican said she planned to propose a concurrent resolution that, if approved by the Legislature, would end the current state of emergency.

“It’s time to let people take the chance if they want to take that risk to open,” she said. “That’s their God-given right. It’s not our right to say they cannot.”

Rep. Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, also asked his “colleagues in the Legislature to join me in overturning the arbitrary extension of the stay-at-home order.”

“In case you didn’t know, anyone can stay at home,” he wrote in a Facebook post.

Republican lawmakers met with Ducey on Friday to, again, push for a comprehensive reopening. Legislative spokesman Andrew Wilder confirmed House Speaker Rusty Bowers, a Mesa Republican, “spoke directly with the governor and urged him to reopen business immediately.” Keep reading