Ever since city council voted to give the city manager a raise the talk of recall began to swirl around City Reps Romero and Niland.
In general I look at recall talk as sort of political terrorism. Its an extreme measure meant to accomplish nothing more than to blow shit up. And the talk of recall against Niland was probably at least partially attributed to the fact that she limped in to reelection by barely beating a candidate that was handicapped by not having any money, any name ID, a criminal record, no presence in the community and being associated with Hector Montes and Stephanie Townsend-Allala.
And he still almost won.
Niland still has to be in office for awhile before anyone can realistically move against her, although there has been plenty of talk of her trying to engineer a recall effort against Rep Limón. Well, until the city manager raise vote. Then that all seems to have gone away but the chatter was she had a candidate and a budget ready to go.
Any who, the real recall talk has surrounded Rep Romero as of late.
In this Facebook post by Adam Gurrola, he is digging up a campaign piece from when he ran for the seat against Romero a couple years ago.
Gurrola indicated that he was "gearing up" for a run.
Obviously a few things have to happen before he can do so, and the biggest obstacle is getting the required number of signatures.
News flash - it's not that hard.
All you need is signatures and anyone who has ever done a field program knows its a hell of a lot easier to knock on someone's door and get them to sign a petition than it is to get them to come out and vote.
Gurrola will likely face some other people if the recall becomes a reality, including Jim Tolbert and Michael Apodaca. And Gurrola didn't have money last time. But he has a higher profile now than he did before.
But someone has to take the lead in getting signatures before anything else happens.
The reality is candidates are gearing up. Sure, all those guys lost to Romero last time. But that was a different race. Romero had all the money and it was a race for an open seat. So money plays a bigger role in a race for an open seat.
But you know what those guys didn't have that they have this time?
Something to campaign against.
It was an open seat to replace Susie Byrd and it was during the mayoral race. So the campaign talk was all philosophical. Now they have a message they can leverage with the raise, the roads, and the brother's contract work with the city manager.
Those are all incredibly easy to leverage.
Where the recall people are going to run into problems is the Keystone Cops Effect. They would have to work together to be most effective and getting campaign rivals to work together is a tall order.
They are all going to be hurting their recall efforts if they all get in because they make it easier for Romero to survive a recall attempt. And let me remind you, most recall efforts fail.
Hell the only successful one in the county had to have a Gandara in it in order for it to be successful.
To my knowledge there hasn't been anyone willing to step forward with an actual recall effort for signatures yet. Until that happens, its just political maneuvering.
But the fact that at least one candidate is already putting himself out there is an interesting development and one to watch. Especially if the others start to make a go of it.