A Republican who says she has never worked on a political campaign filed documents Tuesday launching a drive to oust Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who was harshly criticized for her response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Kat Landry, who filed a recall petition with state elections officials, said Louisiana needs new leadership to recover from the storms' back-to-back blows."What we have seen in the past few months is a lack of leadership, a lack of communication, a lack of understanding of how to get things done," Landry said.
In Louisiana, getting a recall on the ballot requires petition signatures from at least one-third of the state's registered voters, or about 900,000 people, in 180 days, according to Jennifer Marusak of the secretary of state's office.
The 180-day period for gathering signatures began Tuesday, when the petition was filed, Marusak said.If the proper signatures are gathered, a majority of voters in a recall election would have to vote to get rid of Blanco, a Democrat, before she would be forced out of office.
Blanco was out of the country Tuesday, studying flood-control measures in Holland, and unavailable to comment. A spokesman of hers would not comment on the petition.
It might be a longshot, but I certainly hope that this drive to get rid of Blanco succeeds. She blamed everybody but herself for her state's tepid response to Hurricane Katrina and recently TIME magazine, rightfully, branded Blanco one of the 5 worst governors in the entire country.
Times of crisis cry for leadership and when it came to the aftereffects of Hurricane Katrina, Kathleen Blanco failed to provide any. As New Orleans gets back on its feet, it's going to have to look within itself and make some serious changes to its character. And that starts at the top.