Omer Corrections Officer receives clarity on Granholm recall petition
MASON — The fourth time’s a charm for Omer resident and Standish Max Corrections Officer Paul Piche, as in his fourth trip to the Ingham County Courthouse in Mason to file a recall petition against Governor Jennifer Granholm finally received clarity.
Piche says he filed, overall, 12 different petitions, including eight that were to be heard for clarity on Wednesday. The second petition reviewed Wednesday was the one that was granted clarity by a 2-1 vote.
“Once I got clarity, I dismissed the other petitions,” Piche said.
The petition that was accepted, he added, was simplified to state that the recall was filed due to the Governor laying off 100 Michigan State Policemen and simultaneously releasing convicted felons from prisons.
“What they said is this one has the best chance of being approved,” said Standish businessman Dave Munson, who accompanied Piche at the hearing.
Piche says his past petitions were said to be too wordy or used words that couldn’t be defended.
“My first one said she let out prisoners and she will continue to do so,” he said. “Her attorney said you can’t use the word ‘will’ because I can’t defend it.”
The recall attempt moves on to gathering signatures, 950,314 of which are needed in 90 days, with signatures collected from all counties in the state of Michigan.
Granholm's attorney plans to appeal the petition.