Mayor Cook's Appeal Denied


POSTED: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 8:09am

EL PASO - Denied. That's the response Mayor John Cook got from the court of appeals which turned down his appeal to reconsider its decision to throw out petition signatures against him and two representatives Susie Byrd and Steve Ortega.

Mayor Cook claims that Pastor Tom Brown and the recall supporters collected petition signatures illegally.
The signatures call for recall election.

This all stems from the domestic partner benefits dispute.

"Hopefully we will be able to settle this in the courts. That's where it should be settled. people should not be able to illegally gather petitions, petition signatures in places of warship whether they are for profit or not for profit," Ortega said.

Mayor Cook and both representatives have been subpoenaed and will be in court again on Monday to testify.

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Mr Steve Ortega is correct. To use your congregation to gather petition signatures for political purposes in a place of worship, in the house of God, is wrong. It is a place to hear God's word, pray and to worship. Shame on you Pastor Brown.

How strange that I've had to vote at a Methodist church during a presidential election. And that was considered valid. How strange that when John Cook was campaigning for Mayor of El Paso, he said over and over that he is a Christian. How strange that Mayor Cook's office is set up to look like an alter and that he reminds people at every opportunity that he used to be a seminarian. How strange that NOW he doesn't appreciate a marriage between religion and politics. Is he a clown or a turkey?

Mr. Ortega would love to have this settled by a judge who has corrupt morals. These were not petitions gathered in places of "warship". (intentional typo?)
These were what the people of El Paso already approved of at the polls and are confirming again. They were entrusted with the power to make laws and decisions on behalf or the people, then chose to go their own way and ignore those who gave them their authority. This is why they are being recalled.

We The People have already settled it at the polls. These people ignored it and now it is time to pay their fine.

Mayor Cook should allow the recall to proceed as Brown petitioned for, he'll find that not everyone in El Paso agrees with Brown and his twisted views. That's why his wife isn't on the city council...Ha!

There should be a legal stipulation that the loser of this lawsuit be liable for the cost of the whole fiasco.

Assuming that brown will not win, it will be interesting to see how many of his $upporter$ will ante up now!

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