‘RINO’ keeps his seat

'RINO' keeps his seat

An online recall effort to boot Kootenai County Commissioner Bill Brooks ended Monday night after proponents failed to submit signed petitions. The initiative to remove Brooks through a special election began in late July for his “RINO” actions. “RINO” is an acronym used by the website rinorecall.net that stands for Republican In Name Only. Brooks has already announced he would not seek another term after the current term expires. According to the website’s “About” section, the recall group describes itself as “Americans who passionately believe in limited government and the Second Amendment.” Initiative coordinator Paul Mahlow confirmed Tuesday that the group did not submit any petitions. He said they would release a statement in the coming weeks. On Tuesday, Brooks was in good spirits about the news. “I was never nervous about it,” he said. “I would like a couple of the signs for souvenirs.” To successfully recall Brooks, Idaho Code 34-1702 says petitioners needed signatures from 20% of the voters registered in Kootenai County at the last general election. For Brooks, the collectors needed to gather approximately 22,159 verified signatures between July 13 and Sept. 27. The last reported signature count on the RINO Recall website was about 350 obtained at a gun show in mid-July. The deadline to submit those 22,000 signatures to the Kootenai County Elections Office was Monday at 5 p.m. The petitions were a no-show, Elections Office Manager Asa Gray confirmed. “They did not turn any petitions in to us,” Gray said. Gray has […]

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