Symington Recall at the Ready
Recall master John Kromko is poised to launch a well-financed, statewide recall of bankrupt and indicted Governor J. Fife Symington III.
Kromko, a former Democratic state representative from Tucson, says a recall committee should take form August 7, with a projected August 28 kickoff to collect at least 240,000 signatures of registered voters within 120 days.
"The polls are showing, as I expected, more and more people willing to sign the petition," Kromko says.
Kromko refused to say who was assisting his effort, but sources tell The Flash that prominent Democrats, including House Majority Leader Art Hamilton and grocer Eddie Basha, are helping. A final decision on whether to move forward is expected this week.
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The projected starting date would let recall proponents collect signatures near polling places during the September primary and November general elections. Just as important, Kromko says, is the opportunity to circulate petitions during winter street fairs in Tempe and Tucson that draw hundreds of thousands of people.
Kromko says this recall will be more difficult than the successful 1988 signature drive to recall then-governor Evan Mecham. The Legislature impeached Mecham before a recall election could be scheduled.
"Ev played into it beautifully," Kromko says, adding that Symington, unlike Mecham, will not inflame the public with outrageous statements. "Symington is a lot more skilled at diverting attention."
If enough valid signatures are gathered, a special election would be held next year. Symington, whose term ends in 1998, would automatically appear on the ballot unless he chose to bow out. Other candidates could collect signatures to get on the ballot.
"The trick to doing this is to be totally ready at the start," says Kromko, who was instrumental in the Mecham recall, the successful recall of Pima County assessor Alan Lang, and in other issues referred to voters.
A Hole in Two
All the needlework wasn't onscreen at last week's preview of Trainspotting, the Scottish heroin flick that's already a must-see among the Gen X set. During a prescreening giveaway sponsored by The Edge, deejays Dead Air Dave and Pistol Pete encouraged audience members to bare their tattooed and pierced body parts in exchange for movie merchandise. The pierce de resistance? The young lass in the second row who hoisted her tee shirt to reveal twin peaks--both pierced.
And where did all this debauchery take place? Harkins Centerpoint (no pun intended) in Tempe--yes, part of the same theatre chain that drew snickers in the July 25 issue of New Times ("Lobe, American Style") when it was revealed that owner Dan Harkins' male employees are forbidden to wear earrings and that one employee was actually forced to wear a Post-it note over his starter stud.
Get the point, Dan?
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