ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A Crow Wing County man will hand more than 25 signatures to the Secretary of State on Tuesday, beginning a recall drive against Rep. Joe Radinovich, a DFLer from Crosby.
"It's one of those things where if the marriage sinks or swims, we want to be represented," Doug Kern said.
Kern is initiating the petition after collecting signatures this weekend at Crow Wing County churches. He is the former head of the Crow Wing County Republicans.
"You have to have proof that he's not representing. Well, the proof was in the last election when you have 62.5 percent of the voters (in the district) that voted for traditional marriage," he told KARE 11.
Radinovich recently announced he supports same sex marriage legislation.
"I don't begrudge anyone of their decision on this issue, but for me I made a decision I can live with," said Radinovich, a freshman legislator.
He says Kern emailed him this weekend to let him know his plans.
"The tough thing for a representative is, we have the burden of representing not just the majority opinion in our district, but also the rights and views of all concerned, of all constituents," he added.
Hamline University Political Science and Law Professor David Schultz said the standards for recalls in Minnesota are much tougher than those in Wisconsin. In Minnesota, the petitioner has to show "a serious malfeasance or nonfeasance in the performance of duties. So this is more symbolic, more sending a message than it is something of substance," Schultz believes.
He also notes a number of Metro area Republicans may face a similar quandary with their votes based on the combination of the party stance, personal beliefs and how their constituents voted on the marriage amendment last fall.
The State Supreme Court could eventually make the final decision on whether a recall moves forward.
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