Sen. Morse represents the will of the people
August 13, 2013
Published in the Gazette, Aug. 13, 2013
By Earl W. "Chip" MacEnulty II
Recall supporters claim that Sen. John Morse does not represent his constituents. I am a SD11 voter. I supported the laws that were passed through under the Senator's leadership. He represents me.
1. Recall supporters want Sen. Morse to resign to save the cost of an election. The costly special election was initiated by those who wish to recall him. I wonder, should the recall fail, shall we see apologies from his supporters for wasting our money? Will the ten thousand plus signatories (minus those whose names were forged) pay us back?
2. The spokesperson for the recall called 50 fraudulently added names a "margin of error". one intentional forgery may be an error; 50 is criminal.
3. Regardless of the recall, the laws remain.
4. A recall election based on a difference of opinion sets a bad precedent. When we see a future effort to recall a Republican, will the current Republicans be fine with this precedent or will they ask everyone to respect the system they themselves didn't?
5. This recall undermines the system of checks and balances. Sen. Morse coordinated bills that passed the Senate and the House and then were signed by the Governor. This was not Sen. Morse voting alone and, as has been noted, a recall would be very hollow given that Sen. Morse is term limited next year anyway.
6. Regular elections are the standard process for "recalling" or "re-electing" officials short of corruption or criminality.