Let us get on with it.
That was the general sentiment from local politicos on both sides
of the fence after a federal appeals court Tuesday reinstated the
Oct. 7 election to recall Gov. Gray Davis.
“I think it is time to get the elections over with,” said
Assemblyman Dario Frommer (D-Burbank). “Let’s take the results and
let the state get on with its business.”
Last week, a three-member panel from the appeals court delayed the
special election on the grounds that obsolete voting machines in
counties such as Los Angeles violated equal provisions of the
Constitution. But Tuesday’s ruling was a sign of moving forward,
“The district court did not abuse its discretion in concluding
that plaintiffs will suffer no hardships that outweigh the stake of
the state of California and its citizens in having this election go
forward as planned and as required by the California Constitution,”
an 11-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
The decision made sense, according to local grass-roots political
organizers and state officials.
“We’re pleased,” said Mike Wintemute, press secretary for the
California Republican Party. “We felt pretty comfortable and
confident that once a wider panel looked at this, they would decide
in favor of the elections moving forward.”
The decision, according to some officials, was probably made in
the best interest of the electoral process.
“We’ve just been operating on the idea that you have to keep
moving, no matter what,” said Chris Carson of the League of Women
Voters of Glendale/ Burbank.
The League has been working with the county registrar’s office to
get the word out for people to vote and helping people to register at
places such as local schools.
“If they stopped [when the court delayed the election], the whole
thing would have collapsed. It is probably just as well it stayed
Even with the earlier decision that delayed the election, local
grass-roots political organizers said they have never stopped
In the wake of the Sept. 15 decision to delay the recall, the
Foothill Republican Club, based in La Canada Flintridge, continued to
clamor for the recall.
Foothill Republicans have even planned a recall-Davis rally in La
Canada Flintridge, featuring gubernatorial hopeful state Sen. Tom
McClintock (R-Thousand Oaks).
The lull before Tuesday’s decision did not affect local Democrats,
and the reinstatement of the election has only bolstered their zeal
to get other, less active local Democrats to vote. Like Frommer, they
were ready to move on, too.
“I’m glad,” said Gary Kemper, president of the Glendale Democratic
Club. “This decision will get the recall behind us. We have other
things we need to think about. A primary is coming up, and we need to
get ourselves organized for that.”