Statement from MEA President on Scott recall decision

Supreme Court makes the right decision to protect voting rights, allow Nov. 8 Scott recall election to proceed

EAST LANSING, Mich., Oct. 20, 2011 — The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Steven Cook in response to today’s unanimous decision by the Supreme Court to allow the recall of Rep. Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc) to appear on the Nov. 8 ballot: 

“MEA and our members believe strongly in our democratic and legal processes – and that faith was rewarded by the Supreme Court decision to move forward with the Nov. 8 election.           

“Local activists followed the rules and filed more than 12,000 signatures to put the question of Rep. Scott’s recall on the ballot.  Voters in Southern Genesee County have every right to cast their ballots in that election – and those rights were protected by unanimous decision of our Supreme Court justices.

“Apparently, the rule of law still means something in Michigan.

“Michigan voters are fed up with the decisions that have been made this year in Lansing.  Now, voters in the 51st District have a chance to clearly communicate that anger to their leaders. 

“Rep. Scott voted to slash more than $1 billion from public education.  He voted to tax senior citizen pensions.  And he did all that and more in order to help pay for a $1.8 billion tax break for corporate special interests.

“Those ARE NOT the priorities that the majority of Scott’s constituents sent him to Lansing to represent.  Today’s decision allows those constituents to hold their representative accountable for his actions.  That’s what the law allows for and that’s what the courts have upheld today.

“We need lawmakers to stand up for our kids, not CEOs.  It is our sincere hope that this recall sends that message loud and clear to politicians in Lansing.”