In a Zoom conference call with potential supporters, Anchorage Assembly Chair Felix Rivera spoke about how he has a group that is suing to stop a group of citizens from recalling him.
“This is the time to fight,” he said. “This is our time to do good and keep this majority on the Anchorage Assembly. We start that by sending a clear message in court that this is frivolous, that if you want to take me out, guess what, I’m up for reelection here soon. So come at me in reelection if you wanna take me out. But recall is not the way to do it, folks. So let’s win this.”
Rivera and his group called Midtown Citizens Coalition is trying to stop the grassroots group that calls itself Reclaim Midtown, which is trying to recall Rivera and is collecting signature in Assembly District 4 to do so.
Wearing a prison-orange t-shirt, Rivera said that 2020 is “the year of transparency.”
Transparency is at the heart of the recall effort, as it turns out. Alaskans for Open Meetings filed a lawsuit against Rivera and others on the Assembly for violating the Alaska Open Meetings Act in August, passing numerous controversial measures while shuttering the public from the public process, including locking people out of the Assembly Chambers.
Must Read Alaska has learned that a canvasser who answered an petition employment ad placed by the Reclaim Midtown group, was reached out to by Rivera.
“Felix Rivera is paying me more $$$ NOT to petition…Goodbye,” the man told the Recall committee via text, withdrawing his offer to collect signatures.