Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Recall petition filed against Lousiana governor

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A formal push to oust Gov. Kathleen Blanco, after harsh criticism of her response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita, began Tuesday when a St. Martinville resident filed a recall petition with Louisiana's elections office.

The task is a tough one: in Louisiana, a recall election requires handwritten petition signatures from at least one-third of the state's registered voters, or about 900,000 people, in 180 days, according to Jennifer Marusak of the secretary of state's office.

The 180-day period began Tuesday, when the petition was filed, she said.

Then, a majority of voters in a recall election would have to vote to get rid of Blanco, a Democrat, before she would be forced out of office.

Blanco was out of the country Tuesday, studying flood-control measures in Holland, and unavailable to comment. A spokesman of hers would not comment on the petition.

Holland? Where huge dikes keep the "zee" out of the tulips? Perhaps Blanco plans on demonstrating her engineering prowess when she returns.

As for the petition, we wish the recall movement every success.


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