A group in Alaska has launched a recall campaign against Gov. Mike Dunleavy, CNN is reporting.
Recall Dunleavy kicked off its effort on Thursday by collecting signatures in almost two dozen Alaska cities. It accuses Dunleavy, a Republican, of refusing to appoint a judge, misusing state funds, violating separation of powers and incompetently vetoing state funds, the news network said.
The group needs to collect signatures of 10% of those who voted in the general election for the recall to move ahead.
A key issue in the recall effort was a decision by Dunleavy to cut $444 million from the state operating budget for the 2020 fiscal year. The group also claimed he mistakenly vetoed $18 million more in funding than he intended to. And it maintained he used public funds for partisan ads.
In a statement to CNN, the governor's office said his focus has been on "addressing the challenges the many before him have been unwilling to tackle."
"While some will focus on political gamesmanship, Governor Dunleavy's administration is focused on empowering Alaskans through the agenda he ran on, including addressing Alaska's unsustainable budget, improving public safety, growing the economy, fighting for pro-business policies, and championing a full statutory PFD," the statement said.
But in an open letter, co-chairs of the Recall Dunleavy campaign, Peggy Shumaker and Joseph Usibelli Sr. said: “Governor Dunleavy’s sudden, severe, and sometimes illegal budget cuts have caused tremendous harm to Alaska and Alaskans,” the Juneau Empire reported.
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