We read the memo and believed that some major thought went into this thing, and thus there must be some other motive -- involved with the court case -- that put this thing into action.
But after listening to Chatelain on KFAB’s Tom Becka show (on 12/8 at 5pm), we are re-thinking it a little. (By the way, in all this MSRC spokesman Jeremy Aspen comes off as the calm, rational one of the whole bunch.)
Instead of being some grand legal plan, we are more inclined to think that Chatelain is simply hurt, bitter and defensive about his dealings with Dave Nabity and the MSRC and decided to hit Nabity before Nabity hit him.
Dave Nabity made it pretty clear that he was extremely critical to Chatelain and had his own ideas about how the MSRC should be run.
So when it got out that Nabity was putting together his own organization to support the recall, Chatelain, Pat McPherson and Jim Cleary got out in front of it with the memo.
In it they not only knocked Nabity for allegedly being heavy handed in his views about running the committee. But they also have essentially alleged that if there was any legal wrongdoing regarding the paid circulators, it is on Nabity.
Now, as we have said, unless the MSRC folks are very, very confident that they are going to win the court case AND the eventual January recall election, this was a very short-sighted bet. And even worth the potential return? Not sure we see it.
Sure it provides them some CYA if the court case goes against them. And it hits Nabity early as being over ambitious, or whatever.
But what if it simply gives the Anti-recallers ammo, or results in the tide turning against the recall?
Then it becomes bitter retribution that benefits only Jim Suttle.
We will know how this all turns out in a just a little over a month (potentially).
In the mean time, never a dull moment, eh?
**UPDATE Thurs evening**
From Jeremy Aspen of the Mayor Suttle Recall Committee:
Rg: Letter Issued by John Chatelain on December 8th, 2010
As a committee we want to clarify that the letter issued by John Chatelain on December 8th, to the press was not approved nor does it reflect the beliefs of the Mayor Suttle Recall Committee. The opinions and facts as see through his eyes remain solely his.
We welcome any efforts that individuals or organizations may have or will contribute to our cause and moreover are honored by their participation.
As a committee we remain steadfast in our endeavor to recall the mayor.The release was signed personally by the rest of the committee.
So there ya go.