Don't let bullying triumph over majority rule
By Jackie Savage
Published Thursday, December 8, 2016 9:48 am
I would like to say this on behalf of Crawford Mayor Wanda Gofforth and town clerk Cally Gallegos. Mayor Gofforth as a council woman and later as mayor had knowledge of Carl Page's bad behavior toward town clerks prior to the request for the restraining order. I commend her behavior to take a stance on her belief of a threat to Ms. Gallegos. I commend everyone else who approved going forward with it.
I know how Ms. Gallegos felt as I have stood in her shoes. I know what it is to see Carl Page come in and yell. To see his face turn red with rage and sweat pour off his brow while he slams his fist on the counter or pumps his index finger in your face. You stand there knowing the rock building will muffle your cries for help. You know the sheriff response time will be 30 minutes. You feel the uncertainty of whether he will or won't harm you. First your hands shake then your knees. You stand there completely void of help in that big building. As for Jay Ziegler, he came to the council meeting with a box of bullets and roses. Later it was disclosed the box of bullets was empty. The audience was skeptical; many asked to look at the box. Many left afraid the bullets were in a gun somewhere.
The council put the marijuana issue to public vote. Majority vote went no on marijuana. His next tactic was to recall Mayor Susie Steckel. That recall failed. His motive was to change the mayor to one in favor of marijuana. I know this because he told me. Now, he has a another mayor he wants to replace, no doubt for the same reason. There is no legal requirement of truth for claims on a petition to recall. You can claim and twist anything you would like. The only legal requirement is the signatures on the petition be validated. If Mr. Ziegler believes that the majority is in favor of marijuana he has legal options available through initiatives and referendums. I would suspect Mr. Ziegler does not believe that marijuana would carry a majority vote. I believe Mr. Ziegler engages in the same bullying behavior as Mr. Page. If you vote to endorse Mr. Ziegler's recall of Mayor Gofforth you're advocating bullying and manipulation to control your town's government over viable legal methods which use majority rule.
Former Crawford Town Clerk