Mayor Cook Files Restraining Order Against Brown to Stop Recall
POSTED: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 3:03pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 9:56am
EL PASO- The recall of Mayor Cook and two city representatives is getting more interesting as Mayor Cook obtained a temporary restraining order Monday against Tom Brown.
Pastor Tom Brown, the man behind the recall effort, is temporarily banned from turning in the petition which could force a recall election. Brown's attorney says the temporary restraining order, filed Monday, indicates Brown cannot come in contact with the District Clerk's office.
The recall effort began in July after City Council reversed voters’ decision and decided to restore domestic partner benefits for city employees. Brown has until Thursday to turn in at least 6,100 valid signatures to recall Mayor Cook and at least 650 signatures to recall City Reps Susie Byrd and Steve Ortega.
Brown's attorney, Theresa Caballero says the injunction is proof that Mayor Cook will do whatever it takes to avoid a recall election.
"He is extremely nervous about this recall. We needed about 6,000 something signatures. Verified signatures. We have over 10,000 really good signatures with their bar voting numbers, correct addresses, everything. We have him over the hill. We're about to throw him off the cliff. And he knows that. So, let the games begin," said Caballero.
Mayor Cook said Tuesday evening that many of those signatures were gathered in places like corporations and churches, violating the Texas Election Code.
"I respect the will of the people," Mayor Cook said. "Recall is something that requires the will of the people. But I don't want people to illegally follow the process or have irregularities or any fraud involved in the election process because the election process is very sacred."
Caballero says she hopes to have a judge remove the restraining order as soon as Wednesday morning.