Remember when I told you last week that the Recall Diane Harkey campaign had been given approval to begin petitioning Dana Point Residents, collecting signatures to put a measure on the ballot to remove Mayor Diane Harkey from office? And remember how the Dana Point City Attorney’s office quickly denied this, saying that formal approval had not yet been given? Well, it looks like the wait is now over..FOR REAL.
I just got word that the Dana Point City Attorney has now given formal approval for the petition to recall to now go out. So what does this mean? Apparently, the recall advocates now have 120 days (or about 4 months) to collect 4,500 signatures of Dana Point residents who want Diane Harkey removed from office. So by tomorrow’s city council meeting, the signature gathering may have already begun.
So what does this mean now? At the very least, Harkey’s journey to Sacramento won’t be as easy as she initially expected. And if the recall effort ultimately succeeds, Harkey may not even have her position in Dana Point to fall back upon. I guess this is what happens when politicians forget where they come from, and who they really serve.
Ultimately, these politicians work for us. Yet so often, they forget that. And just as we can hire them, we can also fire them. I guess we’ll see if Diane Harkey pays the ultimate price for failing the voters of Dana Point.