Friday, November 1, 2019

#atxcouncil: Successfully Recalling Adler will cost (at least) $1 Million

"I have been young, and now am old;
Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
Nor his descendants begging bread."
Psalm 37:25

We had several conversations yesterday with folks who've worked on local campaigns in recent years.  They were surprisingly lukewarm about recalling Adler.  Primarily because of money.

To recall a way that will stick...and be successful...won't be cheap.

That doesn't mean it's a bad idea.  Or that it's impossible.  It is to say that that's the level of resources it will take.

You're going to have to pay for the petition campaign.  Assuming the petition campaign is successful, you're then going to have to pay for the actual election campaign.  Furthermore, given the city's history with citizen petition campaigns, assume significant legal bills.  It'll add up.

Don't shoot the messenger.

If there's a realistic path to that level of resources, awesome!  Full speed ahead.  If nothing else, a recall campaign forces Adler to play defense for the next six months.  Absent financial resources in the $1 to 2 million range, however, don't get your hopes up.

Bottom Line:  We'd love to see this happen, but underestimating the heaviness of this lift won't help anyone.

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