This newspaper vigorously defended Mayor Jim Suttle during the 2011 recall election. Had he lost that vote, he would have been removed from office.
Our defense of Mayor Suttle was based on the principle that the Nebraska Constitution includes a recall provision for those times when an officeholder violates the law or engages in some other sort of malfeasance in executing his or her duties. This was not the case with the mayor. Tax increases and unpopularity are not reasons to recall a mayor.