Political neophyte files Kitzhaber recall


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A man who has been trying for years to get Gov. John Kitzhaber to look at his court case over child custody filed a recall petition against the governor Thursday.

Arin Marcus, through his fledgling political action committee Safer Oregon, said he knows “it will take quite a bit” of signatures collected in 90 days.

In fact, it will take 220,000 signatures.

To put that in perspective, the group backing legalized marijuana collected 145,000 signatures in two months and spent nearly $600,000 to gather all those signatures.

Even gathering fewer signatures can be hard. There were two failed efforts to recall former Portland Mayor Sam Adams.

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, Nov. 14, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Backers were not able to collect the 32,183 signatures needed and conceded it was just too difficult to collect signatures without paying people to do it.

Marcus — who said he unfairly lost custody of his children and has been ignored by the governor — and his PAC have not received a single donation.

“Two hundred twenty thousand people in Oregon are upset with the governor so it shouldn’t be that difficult,” Marcus said.

He said his child custody case involves a witness paid “to knowingly lie. I have the proof, I have the paper trail and nobody will do anything about it.”

Marcus said he lost custody of his children in the case three years ago.

However, he may be too early with his recall petition. The Oregon Secretary of State’s office is looking whether the law says a recall petition can’t be filed until six months after an elected official starts a new term or if it’s from when that official originally took office.

If so, the petition couldn’t be filed until around June.

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