Socialist Member of Seattle City Council Facing Recall for Allegedly Abusing Office
“The issue is currently headed to the Washington Supreme Court in January after an appeal from Sawant”
Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant is an openly radical Democrat Socialist who is partly responsible for the sad state the city finds itself in today.
During the unrest over the summer, Sawant reportedly let a mob of protesters into city hall after hours, and participated in a march to the mayor’s home. Now she is facing a recall effort.
Sam Dorman reports at FOX News:
Seattle’s socialist councilwoman in bitter recall fight
A bitter political battle has broken out in Seattle where one of the city’s councilmembers is facing a recall effort led by residents who expressed dismay over her conduct during recent protests.
On Thursday, Seattle resident Ernest Lou made his case again for the recall effort, which he based on four specific charges relating to how Councilwoman Kshama Sawant. allegedly abused her office. Specifically, Lou alleges that Sawant let protesters into City Hall during a nighttime protest and spoke at another demonstration in front of the Democratic Mayor Jenny Durkan’s house.
The issue is currently headed to the Washington Supreme Court in January after an appeal from Sawant, a socialist.
Sawant’s legal team argued that the charges were “factually and legally insufficient.” According to Seattle P-I, attorney Dmitri Iglitzin accused Lou of engaging in a politicized attack. “You can’t convert political disagreement into a recall,” Iglitzin said. In September, Seattle’s city council voted to pay legal fees for Sawant, whose private lawyers reportedly cost $75,000.
Think about every crazy thing that has transpired in the northwest over the last six months. Sawant likely supported all of it, and may have even been behind some of it.
She is supposed to be looking out for the city of Seattle but is far more interested in overthrowing capitalism.
She also played a key role in the demonization of police in Seattle.
According to Jason Rantz of KTTH Radio, Sawant is getting significant financial support in her recall case from out-of-state:
Socialist Seattle CM Kshama Sawant takes big, out-of-state dollars to fight recall
Seattle’s divisive Socialist city councilwoman Kshama Sawant is raking in big dollars from out-of-state donors trying to save the firebrand’s political career.
Sawant is sitting on roughly $100,000 in donations as she faces recall over a number of misconduct allegations. Normally, she rails against outside interests trying to interfere with her district. This time, she’ll happily cash those checks…
As of Dec. 1, 33 individual donors gave $1,000 to the Kshama Solidarity Campaign, according to filings with the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission. Over half of those donors live outside of her district, and 13 out of state.
In contrast to Sawant’s donor base, the Recall Sawant effort saw 82% of their contributions from Seattle residents.
Getting Sawant out of office won’t solve Seattle’s far-left problems, but it would be a good start.
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Sawant is an openly radical Democrat Socialist”
Add “unjustifiably and perpetually angry” to the list of adjectives.
“Good has a sense of humor. Evil has little or no sense of humor. In other words, good finds joy and laughter in life. Evil may indulge in gloating, smirking, and gleeful derision, but it virtually never laughs at the delightful humor inherent in the human condition.”
Read the 10 traits listed.
This is why you need to vet your candidates. Did it take nationwide attention to do anything? Shameful.
She was elected by fraud. On election night she had lost by a substantial amount. And then more ballots “were found”. All for her.
This, though the ‘found’ ballots (collected over 2 days) ran 60/40 in her favor. Magically the found ballots were widely outside the distribution of votes leading up to that election. Rat fraud.
The voters should be able to recall any elected official, for any reason.
I have no idea how the laws around recalls are structured in Washington. Maybe this challenge to the law will work. But it shouldn’t. A recall is a fundamentally political activity and should stay in the realm of politics.
Agreed. Voters shouldn’t have to prove anything other than that they want to recall the politician.
Recalls should be difficult because we don’t want every politician constantly in a recall battle but once it gets going the courts need to stay out of it.
I agree. Recall is an entirely political process triggered by dissatisfaction with an elected officials performance, misfeasance, or nonfeasance. Nobody will ask anyone voter who votes for recall if their vote was due to any particular identifiable crime or other action. “I don’t like her” is more than adequate.
I haven’t researched the recall laws in Washington, but in most places, all that is necessary is to reach a certain level of voter signatures to trigger the recall process. Misconduct does not have to be proven, as the elected official serves at the will of the electorate. And, being a political process, the electorate becomes the final arbiter of whether the official may continue to serve.
Flush her twice, Seattle. It’s a long way to West Point ( https://projects.seattletimes.com/2017/west-point/tour.html ).
In Washington, a recall petition has to allege positive malfeasance or misfeasance in office. Allegations that the elected politician merely pursued unpopular policies are not sufficient and will be thrown out by a court.
It’s not the only area where the government and courts have whittled away at citizen rights in the state constitution. The US constitution’s 5th amendments prohibits government from taking property without just compensation. But the Washington State constitution prohibits taking OR IMPAIRMENT of property without just compensation. But the Washington Supreme Court ruled several years ago that the drafters intended those extra words have NO MEANING, and that the Washington Constitution should be construed identically to the Federal Constitution.
This is also a state where the State Supreme Court recently abolished the death penalty by judicial fiat.
Court precedence has stated that a proportional income tax is unconstitutional. There have been 4 votes on amending that provision of the state constitution. The pro-tax side lost badly each time.
However I expect the Seattle Supreme Court to decide that the precedence is wrong and an income tax is legal. I will change my state residency the next day.
This woman is also a notable racist. Her disdain for white America is a constant refrain with her. She believes in the minority-majority political strain espoused openly by the likes of Stacy Abrams, where minority candidates, blacks in Abrams case, hold permanently hold political office and whites none. The lever for this state is the vote counting apparatus and the AG offices in each state. Hence the Soros money to those offices.
This is Seattle. Mere Democrats are immune from both the law and voters. Socialists are considered sacred. The people have no authority over them and in necessary the law and the constitution will be ignored or changed to enforce this.
The only thing that will redeem Seattle is if Mt. Rainier blows.
Glacier Peak is more likely, though that would take out more of the Skagit valley area.
Or, you could see this as a pre-emptive strike by Jenny Durkin to neutralize an even-more-radical communist who has designs on grabbing the mayor’s office, and who also has the backing to do it.
(Did I ever mention that Madame Lazonga’s first name is Cynicia?)
Yet another major employer getting fed up with the area and leaving. Who will fund all of those liberals when the actual employers leave?
Boeing will move all production of the 787 Dreamliner out of Washington State to South Carolina and the far-far-left Governor of Washington State is not taking it well.
Washington is being destroyed by the far-left but that’s who the majority vote into office.
The pandemic has cut the demand for planes and they are leaving the Seattle area. It’s a good business move.
Boeing Co. BA 0.13% will set plans this week to consolidate 787 Dreamliner assembly in South Carolina, the WSJ reports.
The decision carries significant implications for the Seattle-area economy and Boeing’s unionized workforce around Puget Sound. It wasn’t clear over what period of time the consolidation would play out, or how many employees might be affected by the move. Boeing could announce the plans as soon as this week.