Brown recall approaches deadline

There are only three days left for people to sign a petition to recall Gov. Kate Brown.

Posted: Oct 11, 2019 6:13 PM
Updated: Oct 12, 2019 12:19 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- There are only three days left for people to sign a petition to recall Gov. Kate Brown, and both sides seem confident of victory.

On July 15 the GOP started petitioning for Brown's recall, saying she does not prioritize the interest of Oregonians.

"She passes legislation and things that she wants to do without consent of the will of the people," said one supporter of the petition.

It's nearly three months later, and time is almost up for them to get their signatures. 

John Large, the chair of Lane County Republicans, said the response has been tremendous and that nearly 30 percent of signatures aren't even from Republicans.

"We don't like what's going on in Oregon," said Large. "The things that have been happening so far are against the voter in Oregon, the things that we've passed, the super-majority that's now in the legislature has overridden the vote of the people."

The petition needs 280,050 valid signatures, which is 15 percent of the total votes cast for governor in the 2018 election. So far, organizers have gathered thousands of signatures, but an exact number is not known at this time.

Eugene resident Joe Gallegos told KEZI 9 News he opposes the petition.

"I think she's doing an excellent job," Gallegos said. "I think standing up to the White House and standing up to some of those issues, considering the climate that we're in -- I'm really very supportive of her."

One of Brown's advisors told KEZI he is not worried about the "reckless recall," saying in part: "The governor is focused on moving Oregon forward. Instead of joining her, extremists are pursuing a reckless recall and demanding a redo of the last election. This is a cynical attempt to nullify an election in which Oregon voters made a clear choice."

Brown was elected secretary of state in 2008. She became governor in February 2015 when her predecessor, John Kitzhaber, resigned under pressure. She was elected governor in November 2016 for two years and re-elected to a full term last November.

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