Recall petitions for state Rep. Nancy Jenkins, R-Clayton, have become a mystery. The leader of a local recall group said he would file them on the Aug. 5 deadline to get on the Nov. 8 ballot. He did not. They were not filed the following week for a February election date. And group leader Daniel Long is offering no explanation.
“I’d like to know what’s going on. Is she going to be on the February ballot or not?” said Arnold Harper, Lenawee County Democratic Party chairman.
Long’s group, Lenawee County Says Recall Rick Snyder, is still using the county Democrats’ offices in Adrian to run a continuing signature campaign for the recall of Gov. Snyder, Harper said. But he has not had contact with Long or answers to questions about the Jenkins petitions.
Jenkins was targeted by Long’s recall group for her support of a law giving emergency financial managers additional powers.
Long said on Aug. 4 that signatures were in the process of being counted and validated before he took them to Lansing on Aug. 5 to file with the Michigan Secretary of State.
Teachers who spent part of their summer vacation time working on the recall campaign are still wondering what happened, said local Michigan Education Association representative Jim Berryman. He said Long stopped at the MEA office on Aug. 5 to pick up some petitions there on his way to Lansing. News came later that some kind of personal emergency came up.
Responding to member requests for help, Berryman called Long and offered to send someone to his home in Morenci to pick up the petitions and take them to Lansing.
Berryman said Long told him he was at home and working on getting the petitions delivered. Long did not answer when he called later, Berryman said, and there has been no contact since then. Teachers who worked on the campaign are asking for an explanation.