Councilman Makes YouTube Video To Fight Recall Push
POSTED: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 5:35pm
UPDATED: Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 5:25pm
SOCORRO - A YouTube video is one Socorro City Councilor's way of fighting a citizen group that's trying to remove all elected leaders from office.
As you likely know by now, Socorro Mayor Willie Gandara was indicted on corruption charges, and City Councilor Luis Varela was arrested in a drug bust. That's why Thursday night council decided to start a recall on those two elected leaders. Here's the catch, there's a group of people who want everyone thrown out of office.
"Outrageous spending, they have not taken into consideration any of their constituents concerns. All of them will be recalled," Maria Reyes said.
"We're going to recall the entire city council, and the Mayor too," Ralph Duran said.
That brings us back to the YouTube video that Councilman Jesse Gandara made. He says he did it to question the group's motives, and set the record straight, but isn't it slightly unconventional?
"The YouTube videos to a certain extent have a comedic viewpoint to them because this recall issue is comedic. There is a story behind it, and it needs to be entertaining so the community gets interested and can see the humor in it," Gandara said.
Humor aside, we're told the citizen group is beginning the paperwork for a very serious recall election on all of Socorro's leaders. Meantime, Socorro City Council is beginning their own recall on one of their own members and the Mayor.
Councilman Luis Varela is still locked up in the County Jail tonight. The first meeting to begin the recall process on him and the Mayor will be held Tuesday night.