By Jim Lottsfeldt. Lottsfeldt is the publisher of The Midnight Sun.
A recall effort aimed at Mayor Dave Bronson is a terrible, no-good, stupid idea.
Nonetheless, someone will try to champion it.
It will fail. It will waste resources better spent on other efforts. And it will jeopardize the progressive majority on the Anchorage Assembly.
Mayor Bronson’s approval numbers are taking a beating. He has plenty of self-inflected bruises from championing covid-19 misinformation, attacking health care workers, defending antisemitism at the Assembly hearings and taking down protective plexiglass partitions while two members of his senior staff are spreading covid-19 around an Assembly meeting. The list of self-inflicted wounds is actually much longer, but you get the point.
But that doesn’t translate to success. After all, you could argue that Bronson’s doing exactly what the voters wanted when they put him in office. Post-election Bronson isn’t far off from pre-election Bronson.
Unfortunately, the courts have made the standard for recalls almost non-existent. So, why not use that lax standard and recall him?
The Assembly regular election is in April. It’s only a few months away. Forrest Dunbar, Meg Zaletel and Kameron Perez-Verdia do not need the energy, money and attention of progressives misdirected towards a long-shot recall. Anchorage isn’t New York City. Conservatives can win elections here; Dave Bronson just proved it.
Leave the recall alone unless and until Mayor Bronson does something that proves he’s completely unfit to hold office. We aren’t there yet. We hopefully will never be there. The Anchorage Assembly should keep working with him on excellent compromises like the recently ratified homelessness plan. And when he’s wrong, fight against his proposals as the Anchorage Assembly has done with success. That is the purpose of split governance.
Alaska has no scarcity of bad political ideas. So, I expect someone will run out and ask a mob to form to recall Bronson. Please don’t take the bait.