La Marque voters have at least three reasons to be dubious about the effort to recall City Councilwoman Connie Trube.
The Daily News has said more than once that Trube should resign. While the city would be better served if she stepped down, the attempt to recall her is just too flawed to support.
First, more than a handful of people have complained they were misled by the recall petitions. Those who complained said they were asked to sign a petition against closing the public library. Only when they pressed for information were they told the petition was actually about recalling Trube.
Trube was accused by several people, including the mayor and city manager, of saying the library should be closed because it was used only by black people. She denied making those statements, but an investigation by a law firm hired by the city says the evidence indicates that she did.
The idea is reprehensible and outrageous. But the proper response is not to mislead people about a recall. It’s the proverbial case of trying to add two wrongs to get a right.
The second problem with the recall is La Marque’s history.
Trube, as a member of the last council, survived a recall. Two other council members were ousted.
It would take only 98 valid signatures to call the election. That’s just not enough.
It’s natural for voters to get frustrated with elected officials. When such a small number of angry voters can force an election, you open the door to having a city that is governed by recall. La Marque is becoming just such a place. Voters should change the charter.
Finally, this fight just is not worth it. The next election is in May. As a practical matter, all this effort is about a matter of months.
La Marque would be better served if Trube were not a member of the council. But the efforts to remove her are too flawed to support.
La Marque voters ought to look toward May. Community leaders ought to be cultivating good candidates to run. Voters ought to make it a point to demand better.
• Heber Taylor