Critics of Governor Sam Brownback have delivered a petition with 38,000 electronic signatures asking for a recall of the governor, or at least a change in state policy. The petition asks the governor to increase funding for education and programs for low-income Kansans. It was started by Iola resident Tony Piazza (pee-AH-zuh)
“This is a symbolic protest, it’s a chance to make ourselves –as ordinary citizens of Kansas- be head that we are disenchanted, dissatisfied, disgruntled, disheartened,” says Piazza.
The governor's spokeswoman, Eileen Hawley, says people are free to speak their mind about state policies, but she also points out that voters gave Brownback another term in office.
“They have their own agenda, and that’s what they’re working to. But again, the people of Kansas made their choice,” says Hawley.
Kansas law does allow for the recall of a governor under specific circumstances. The petition acknowledges that it’s not an official attempt to unseat the governor because the signatures needed for a recall cannot be collected electronically.