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Hayes Asks Recaller Recording Probe


recaller caught misstating facts?


Update 2: “The Press knows the identity of the individual who recorded the conversation, and we know the first name of the petitioner. Recall CdA organizer Frank Orzell did not deny or confirm that they have a petitioner by that name when Tom Hasslinger asked him about it.”

Update: Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes just told The Press he would like to see a legal investigation of the recording. Hayes said he will ask Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo to have the department open an investigation.

A recording of an apparent recall petitioner soliciting signatures reveals that the petitioner used wrong information while attempting to get at least one person to sign. The recording turned over to The Press Tuesday took place on Tubbs Hill around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the person who provided the tape. The person who recorded the conversation via cell phone did not want his name in the story, but the recording tracks several minutes of apparent conversation between him and another male apparently trying to gather signatures on a recall petition seeking a recall election against four Coeur d’Alene officials/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Specific fibs:

  • Spending $40 million to renovate the park
  • 18% property tax increase
  • Denied a vote six times
  • Get to elect a new mayor and council in November
  • Redoing all the trails on Tubbs Hill and make it more commercialized

Question: Cliff?




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