Jenny Durkan is the mayor of Seattle. There is nothing to call her recent actions if not a complete betrayal of the office and the people she is sworn to serve. She hasn’t just tolerated widespread violence, widespread looting, property damage, theft and more. She has directly contributed to and collaborated with overt acts of sedition.
For anyone living under a rock, this is referring to her decisions and actions regarding the autonomous zone in Capitol Hill in Seattle, the CHOP. When protesters stormed the police precinct there, Durkan ordered the police to stand down. Because of that, actual armed rebels occupied several city blocks for weeks. Mayor Durkan sided with the rebels and refused to allow the police to go enter or police the area. She not only called the seditious rebels “peaceful” she delivered them port-a-potties and food. During that time, dozens of rapes occurred. Multiple murders took place. Residents were threatened by gun wielding anarchists. Property damage happened to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. Countless injuries were sustained and extortion was rampant. The occupied zone was quite literally the most violent place on earth.
In response to this betrayal, people in Seattle have moved to have Mayor Durkan recalled (removed from office). Obviously, a process like this involves lawyers and the courts. When you look at the formal steps, the effort to recall Durkan is only one step away from completion. As part of the process, petitioners had to file their grievances with a judge, and that judge ruled in their favor. That has already happened. King County Superior Court Judge Mary Roberts sustained the effort.
The movement is now in the appeal phase. Durkan has appealed to the state Supreme Court to overturn the ruling. The highest court in Washington has yet to agree to hear her appeal.
At this point, there are a few possible outcomes. The first is that the state Supreme Court will side with Mayor Durkan. If that happens, the effort dies. They might be able to pursue an appeal of their own, but it is unlikely that federal courts will intervene in this matter.
The other two likely possibilities ultimately have the same outcome. The Supreme Court could side with the petitioners, or they could refuse to rule on the appeal. In either case, the movement to recall Durkan hits one of its final phases.
According to Washington and Seattle law, a court-approved recall petition has to gather signatures to be ratified. Specifically, the petitioners would have to get at least 25 percent of the number of votes in Durkan’s election to sign the petition. That comes out to about 50,000 signatures. If they can get those signatures, Durkan is removed from office and a special election is held.
There are some big what-ifs, but if the petitioners win their appeals, it will very likely be the end of Jenny Durkan’s political career. The petition already has more than 40,000 signatures. Getting over the 50,000 threshold is completely doable and likely. If that happened, it would show real consequences for far-left extremist politicians. We need more of this all around the country, and we need it now. We can’t let these radicals continue to corrupt our country. Let’s remove them all.