Sarasota County’s longtime Republican activist Frances Rice said Wednesday she is pursuing a recall of three city commissioners who voiced opposition to the state’s “Stand Your Ground” statute.
Rice, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and attorney, who recently called for the impeachment of President Barack Obama, sent an email to Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent this week, seeking information about the recall process.
In a statement sent late Wednesday night, Rice said she is “outraged over the blatant abuse of power and malfeasance of three Sarasota City Commissioners who put their own self-interest above that of the citizens of Sarasota by passing a resolution which calls for the repeal of Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ self-defense law and which will result in the denial of our Second Amendment right under the U.S. Constitution.”
She is seeking to recall Sarasota City Vice Mayor Willie Shaw, Commissioner At-Large Suzanne Atwell and Commissioner At-Large Susan Chapman.
“I was inspired by the successful recall of Colorado Senate President John Morse and state Sen. Angela Giron,” Rice said. “They were ousted from office after they abridged the Second Amendment right of the citizens of Colorado with a draconian and unconstitutional gun-control law.
“It is unconscionable that Vice Mayor Shaw and Commissioners Atwell and Chapman are now using their elected office as a vehicle for abridging the Second Amendment right of the citizens of Sarasota.”
She noted that Sarasota Mayor Shannon Snyder and Commissioner Paul Caragiulo were the only two opposed to the proposal, and that Snyder was the only commissioner who spoke out against it.
“Sadly, Mayor Snyder’s position was not the majority view,” Rice said in the statement. “Vice Mayor Shaw and Commissioners Atwell and Chapman should be held accountable for their blatant abuse of power and malfeasance by being recalled from office.”