First a look at the petition in question, next will come a closer look at the organization driving this effort. After that I'll finish this triple header by sharing the story about a recent local community meeting and what democracy in action looks like. This was originally posted as SaveLaPlataCounty's Recall Petition Examined - dirty tricks in action.
Save La Plata County’s Petition Language - Take a closer look at what’s being circulated by http://savelaplatacounty.com/the-recall-effort. See if you don't agree it's a bunch of deceptive handwaving? Please help discuss this malicious political deception aimed at robbing us of our duly elected County Commissioner! Here I make a study out of the complete text of the Recall Petition, I have not altered any words from their Recall Petition, but I do address their claims and deceptions.
We need commissioners who represent our interests above their own, and who govern with accountability and transparency. (Of course! Don't we all) Commissioner Lachelt has not done that. (False, look at the support rallying around her.) She has repeatedly leveraged our public office for her private gain by appearing before the U.S. Congress and other federal government entities to advocate and advance her and her employer’s political and policy agendas under the guise of her role as our commissioner. (False, she has been advocating for issues that we elected her to advocate for. Those interests include protecting this environment that is our life support system! Whether oil interests like it or not.) Her county commissioner meeting attendance record further demonstrates where her allegiance lies. Her 2017 attendance record was much lower than any other commissioner. (False, 91% v 95%.)
We can and should expect our commissioners to act ethically (We should be able to demand the same of their opponents!) and not to take actions that undermine the public’s trust in our local government. (Lachelt has never done such a thing. No evidence of wrong doing presented - beyond advocating for a healthy environment*, that is. Why has that become an impeachable offense?). As a result of Commissioner Lachelt’s actions, (Nowhere is specific misconduct presented.) the county has been required to investigate ethics complaints filed against her and to seek out ethics advice from at least one other county. (Malicious misrepresentation of the facts. This same group filed and pushed that frivolous complaint which was dismissed at every level it was looked at. Now they resurrect it yet again. Pure dirty politics in action!)