A Political Stunner
The Madison Nguyen Recall Team surprised everyone with their submission of 5181 signatures to the city clerk office this afternoon, two weeks before the deadline. This is 60% more than the required signatures to force a recall ballot iniative. City Clerk Lee Price officially accepted the signature packages on Friday 8/28/2008 at 1:52 PM.
The Recall Team said they actually gathered closer to 7,000 signatures. However, some of them could not be verified properly. With the team running on empty after a very long exhausting 10 weeks, they decided to have the cut off at 5181 signatures.
From her office looking down to the recall team as they were talking to the media, Madison Nguyen commented: "I don't believe these are real signatures. It is impossible for them to gather these many signatures. Many of them I bet are fake."
The County of Registrar Office will have 4 weeks to verify the signatures and if verified, city council will have to decide on when and what format to hold the recall election. The last recall ballot in San Jose was 14 years ago with Councilmember Kathy Coles removed from office by voters in District 8 for making an offensive comment to the Asian community.