The city’s two highest officials responded last week to the early efforts from a District activist to oust the pair from their seats in a recall election.
Frederick Butler filed paperwork of intent Jan. 11 to recall alumnus and Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown, citing “unethical behavior.” Gray said in a response obtained by DCist that he considers it “ill-advised” to hold a recall “given the cost entailed in holding a city wide special election and the progress the Gray administration is making in a number of areas critical to the future of our city.”
He provided a bullet-pointed list of his top achievements, ranging from education to job growth and safety.
D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown also outlined his accomplishments and goals, adding that with help from District residents, he can “keep the District strong.”
Butler must gather signatures from at least 10 percent of D.C. voters – or more than 45,000 individuals – in 180 days to get the recall on the ballot.