An effort is afoot to recall Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey in response to his signing legislation that expands the state's school-voucher program and a separate measure adding hurdles to the citizen-initiative process.
Leonard Clark, a gadfly and fixture at the state Capitol, filed paperwork for what is sure to be a long-shot recall effort with the Secretary of State's Office on Friday.
"This time, he's gone too far in trying to alter Democratic process that our founders set up," Clark said Monday. "You don't tamper with the initiative process. On the education front, the way he did it, he arm-twisted people, and it was rushed through. He didn't just con the Legislature, he's conning the people who voted for him. I'm just really frustrated."
Organizers of the "Con of Cons Doug Ducey AZ Gov. Recall Committee" would need to collect 376,604 signatures by Aug. 5 to ask voters if they want to unseat Ducey, who is up for re-election next year. Ducey's spokesman declined to comment on the effort.