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Group gathers signatures for petition to recall Governor Brown

The group 'Flush Down Kate Brown' was at the DMV in Medford on Thursday.

Posted: Jul 18, 2019 3:03 PM
Updated: Oct 30, 2019 2:46 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Just a few short days after an announcement that the Oregon Republican Party would introduce a ballot initiative to have Governor Kate Brown recalled, a group set up shop outside of the Medford DMV to gather signatures on a similar (though perhaps not the same) recall petition.

The group "Flush Down Kate Brown" said they would be there between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. According to the organizers, they had already gotten several thousand signatures over the course of a few hours — a step toward the group's ultimate goal of getting nearly 300,000 signatures in the next 90 days.

"We are tired of Salem not listening to what we want, they don’t listen to us at all, they are passing bills and tax measures without giving us a chance to voice and basically just go to the ballot box," said Melonie Reel, one of the organizers for Flush Down Kate Brown.

Reel said that the group has a presence in every single county in the state and would be pushing to achieve the necessary signatures on their petition. The group says that it is the only "official" group that has a filing with the state for a recall petition at this time.

"We feel like we are lost, and you know we are all just kind of done with this . . . so we are over here at the DMV today between eight and five and I’ll be here tomorrow between eight and five," Reel said.

According to an event posted on Facebook, there is also a drive for gathering signatures to recall Kate Brown in Grants Pass on the corner of 6th and G streets.

Both the Medford and Grants Pass groups are affiliated with Oregon First! PAC and say that they represent a "non-partisan" effort to recall Governor Brown. Oregon First! is the brainchild of Michael Cross, a 2018 write-in mayoral candidate for the small town of Turner, Oregon.

"Brown has yet again, circumvented the will of the people, by severely reducing our kicker tax refund," Cross wrote as chief petitioner. "She raised taxes mercilessly and spends OUR money recklessly: A ticket to Bankruptcy, NOT PROSPERITY!"

According to the Oregon Secretary of State's Office, two separate petitions to recall Governor Brown have been filed this week — one by Michael Cross and another by Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier.

Both attempts have until October 14 to gather and submit 280,050 valid signatures.


Note: Updated with additional background information from the Oregon Secretary of State, Elections Division.

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