Press release: NDP assails failed petition effort to recall Lincoln mayor and council members




The Nebraska Democratic Party cheered the failure Wednesday of the ill-fated petition drive to recall Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and four members of the Lincoln City Council over the thoughtful actions they took to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We knew it was doomed from the start,” said NDP Chair Jane Kleeb. “Those who backed the petition deserve ridicule for trying to recall officials for instituting and supporting Lincoln’s sensible mask mandate to fight the deadly pandemic. They should be ashamed.”

In particular, Chair Kleeb pointed to the dismal record of the Lancaster County Republicans and Cyndi Lamm.

“The sore losers of the local Republican Party, in particular Mrs. Lamm, should finally get the message that citizens in Lincoln want their government officials to protect the health and safety of fellow Nebraskans,” Kleeb said. “Lincoln voters showed they could see right through this callous political act by the Republican Party.”

As reported by the Lincoln Journal Star, LNK Recall did not collect enough signatures to force recall votes for Gaylor Baird and City Council members James Michael Bowers, Jane Raybould and Tammy Ward — all Democrats — and Republican Richard Meginnis.

The 30-day campaign to recall Gaylor Baird fell thousands short and hundreds short for most City Council members.


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