Recall petition approved; Lawmaker calls efforts ‘ridiculous’
BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - A group in Valley City is trying to recall their lawmaker in the State Legislature.
Secretary of State Al Jaegar announced Monday morning he has approved a petition format to recall Rep. Dwight Kiefert, R-Valley City
According to the sponsoring committee, Kiefert failed “to meet the standard of a Republican, and has not been committed to these standards and that a recall of his current term is the only recourse.”
However, Kiefert says he’s being recalled for one vote and one vote only: the expulsion of former Rep. Luke Simons earlier this year.
He also said he doesn’t think the recall efforts won’t go far and called them “ridiculous.”
“I think a lot of it is your Libertarian movement too. I mean, they’re trying to take over districts and that’s what they’re trying to do. You’ve got Libertarians masquerading as Republicans and they’re trying to take over the legislature,” Kiefert said.
He, along with many state Republicans, was censured by his district over the spring.
Supporters of the censured have said these lawmakers haven’t upheld party platforms, but the lawmakers themselves argue it’s retaliation over the Simons expulsion.
The sponsoring committee must collect 1,764 signatures to order a recall election on Kiefert.
He has been a member of the State Legislature since 2013 and sits on Agriculture and Human Services Committees.
In a statement, GOP State Chairman Perrie Schafer said the party is against the recall efforts:
“This frivolous and unserious effort is a distraction from the important work that we are undertaking as a Party. Although I believe that we ought to have vigorous debate as a Party, I also believe that this is a wholly unproductive way to express our differences. We stand behind Rep. Dwight Kiefert,” Schafer said.
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