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D.C. Backlash Against Pro-Crime Wokesters Sparks Second Recall

Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2024
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AMAC Exclusive – By Andrew Shirley

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A citizen-led effort to hold local officials in the nation’s capital responsible for the wave of violence and lawlessness gripping the city is gaining steam.

In February, Diana Alvarez, a local business owner in Washington, D.C., formally launched an effort to unseat Democrat D.C. council member Brianne K. Nadeau, who represents Ward 1 (Columbia Heights, Adams Morgan, U Street) and has held office since 2015. Nadeau now becomes the second member of the council to face removal after another group of D.C. residents began collecting signatures to hold a recall election for Democrat Charles Allen of Ward 6 (Capitol Hill, H Street, Navy Yard).

In an interview with Fox and Friends First, Alvarez stated that the final straw was when her business, a smoke shop in Columbia Heights, was broken into and robbed three times in a two-week span. “It’s just been really disheartening what’s happening right now in the city,” Alvarez, a 41-year-old D.C. native, said.

While D.C. has been one of the nation’s most dangerous cities for decades, in recent years the crime problem has become notably worse – in part due to Democrat efforts to gut the police budget and reduce penalties for criminal offenders. Last year was the deadliest in D.C. since 1997, with a total of 274 murders. The number of murders in 2022 and 2021 also topped the 200 mark.

Alvarez specifically cited a spike in carjackings and violent assaults in Ward 1 as reason for starting the recall effort, noting that Nadeau supported policies which only further encourage lawlessness. “[Nadeau] has voted to eliminate amended mandatory minimum sentences on repeat offenders. She also voted to reduce penalties on violent crime, causing a revolving door for these criminals to be able to just do whatever they want. They get caught, they get put in jail, but then they’re back in the streets committing more crime and chaos,” Alvarez said.

Nadeau is currently in her third term on the D.C. council after winning the 2022 Democrat primary with 49 percent of the vote. As Axios has reported, her top opponent in that race “had positioned himself as a former cop who argued the incumbent was soft on crime.” Nadeau was ultimately re-elected with more than 80 percent of the vote in the general election.

Meanwhile, momentum is continuing to build in the recall effort against Ward 6 council member Charles Allen. As AMAC Newsline reported in January, government worker Jennifer Squires, who says she voted for Allen in 2022, launched the campaign to remove him from office late last year.

An X account dedicated to the recall effort, which had 1,400 followers in January, has now grown to nearly 2,400 followers.

Additionally, the Allen recall campaign announced the last week of February that it had already raised more than $100,000 – a sizable sum considering most D.C. council races only raise a few hundred thousand dollars in election years. Meanwhile, the anti-recall effort has only been able to raise about $50,000.

Former Ward 6 Democrat council member Tommy Wells is leading the campaign to defeat the recall and keep Allen in office. Despite the fact that the recall was initiated by Democrats and many of its supporters are self-described Democrats, Wells is attempting to portray them all as radical right-wing insurgents. In an interview with Axios, Wells stated that the recall is led by “MAGA people… lobbyists, and people who do not want to believe in democracy for D.C.”

When the interviewer pointed out that many of the recall supporters are Democrats, Wells stated, “They’ve made a bargain with the devil by bringing in people they either have to apologize for or find a way they need to disassociate themselves from.”

So far, however, it is Nadeau and Allen who have been desperately trying to disassociate themselves from their prior support for the “Defund the Police” movement and a series of extreme left-wing criminal justice “reforms” that led to a surge in crime throughout the city.

In 2020, Nadeau posted on social media that she supports “calls to defund MPD” and “get police out of our schools.” She also voted to cut police funding by $15 million and reduce sentence lengths for violent offenders.

Allen, meanwhile, was the architect of an attempted overhaul to the D.C. criminal code that was so extreme it was vetoed by Democrat Mayor Muriel Bowser and then rejected by the U.S. House, U.S. Senate, and President Joe Biden. Allen also ushered through a bill which restricted police officers’ right to collective bargaining and outlawed a number of common procedures used to stop and question individuals suspected of committing a crime – policies which led directly to a mass exodus of police officers from the nation’s capital.

The first hurdle for the recall campaigns will be garnering enough signatures to force a recall election later this year. D.C. law requires a recall campaign to collect signatures from “at least 10% of registered voters in their ward in order to force a special election.”

Both Ward 1 and Ward 6 are home to about 80,000 people, meaning the recall campaigns will need roughly 8,000 verified signatures. However, city officials are notorious for tossing out large numbers of signatures as invalid. Therefore, the recall campaigns will likely need to collect at least 10,000 signatures to ensure they have enough to advance to a vote.

If the recall campaigns do collect enough signatures, it would be the first time in D.C.’s history that a city council member faces a recall election. Given the state of crime in the city, it can’t come soon enough.

Andrew Shirley is a veteran speechwriter and AMAC Newsline columnist. His commentary can be found on X at @AA_Shirley.

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Bruce
Bruce
4 months ago

Democrats trying to replace Democrats to do a better job. What could go wrong?

Linder
Linder
4 months ago

People are fed up with the out-of-control crime syndicate whose crime is now in their backyard. The crime syndicate chose to ignore the consequences or maybe didn’t think there would be any backlash, especially from the people who voted them in office. Hope more and more people will take action-Republican or Democrat-to reign in the terror.

Alicia
Alicia
4 months ago

This is a fantastic start to taking back our states and holding those accountable. The people power! It is time to step up.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
4 months ago

Its simple: these people are not affected by crime because they don’t live in areas that are crime ridden; uber wealthy have private security in gated communities. 50 poor (black) people can be murdered in Chicago and not a word about it but let just one of these (white) ubers get just mugged, its front page news.

Elizabeth Cheever
Elizabeth Cheever
4 months ago

It is absolutely time that the American people start standing strong in standing up against against the BS coming out of Washington DC in an attempt to put us on equal footing with the Global community. We do not need nor do we want to have a crime ridden society. We don’t want criminals running the country. We need to take back our states and cities and go back to the values and standards (In God we Trust) that the United States of America were founded on. If the politicians who support all of this criminal crap want to live in it and reign in it….there are many other countries that you all can move to and practice all of your BS and corruptive criminal ways. I am hoping that in another 8 months we will take back our country and be, once again, the country we are suppose to be.

Melinda
Melinda
4 months ago

The turn-around is beginning. It may take a few years, but it will happen. The far left democrats have overreached by far, and they will be ousted until people get complacent again. History repeats.

Ralph
Ralph
4 months ago

Re-Fund the Police! DEFUND the POLITICIANS!

Randall L. Beatty
Randall L. Beatty
4 months ago

Those that are responsible for letting crime get out of control and the release the aliens back onto our streets after being arrested they should be fired and in jail for what they have done. I do not feel sorry for these blue states with out of control crime by illegals you brought it on your selves letting these people in government do what ever they want time to jail these people and fire them for what they are doing.

Joe
Joe
4 months ago

Another liberal-run city with elected officials supporting “black lives matter” being painted on public streets and buildings, defunding police and going easy on criminals. Elected officials voted into office by… the residents. I don’t feel sorry for these idiots. Seeing how RINO/globalist Nikki Haley won the recent primary/caucus over DJT in D.C., I don’t see a turnaround for the better.

Thinking
Thinking
4 months ago

They defund the police, let the criminals out of prison and let them do what they want. And then they are surprised their policies are not working. However anyone objecting to their policies is called a Maga or they blame Trump. Their circular logic is so terrible that most people would go crazy listening to them and that is what they hope. The Binder again said today the problem at the border is the fault of the Republicans because they voted down ole Joe’s bill. No reasonable thinking person would have voted for this bill with all the perks attached. Ole Joe can fix the border just like that. But like what is happening in DC and other large cities is a product of Ole Joe. He never has addressed the problems here in America. All he does blame Trump and Maga. He is the typical brain dead politician that only sees the dollar signs for himself and his cronies that got him elected. We Americans not going along with him are so much dust for him.

Westhus092
Westhus092
4 months ago

Overall it’s good news, but if the voters did any due diligence and still voted for then, then it’s their own fault. Further, what will put a stop to this is some kind of legal and/financial liability for any elected official or bureaucrat who supported measures that led to the crimes. The Communists don’t care about the effects of their policies, so provide the citizens and especially the victims some sort of remedy that directly impacts the leaders who support such horrible policies and the frequency of their actions might change.

David Millikan
David Millikan
4 months ago

The Loser Wokesters haven’t learned that you go WOKE you go BROKE. You can always count on Loser WOKE to protect criminals. Just look at the Illegal Alien Terrorist Invasion and Crime running rampant in liberal States. That’s what happens with No Cash Bail ( Catch and Release). They just release criminals so they can go right back out in the streets and commit more crimes cause they know they won’t be punished.
They brought it on themselves and now they are whining.

zoe frost
zoe frost
4 months ago

Crime is on the rise thanks to anti-Republic traitors, from puppet’s JoeBama, their weaponized FBI, DOJ, etc., thanks to the D “defund police” and catch (a criminal) and release (to do it again) lack of following the law. How many of the tens of millions of unvetted illegals (here thanks to the circumvention of immigration laws and deliberately opened borders) have committed, or will commit one or more crimes? How many are terrorists, planning worse? Haitian gangs say, hold my beer.
Fox News: Armed gangs in Haiti’s capital released roughly 4,000 inmates from the country’s largest prison 3/3/24. The vast majority of them successfully escaped.
How many of these really dangerous criminals will soon be here thanks to JoeBama and comrades treachery?

Patriot Bill
Patriot Bill
4 months ago

In DC, when you vote for evil, then evil is what you get. You can’t fix stupid.

zoe frost
zoe frost
4 months ago

Put the D.C. cop who murdered unarmed Ashli January 6, into Ward 6. Quick on the trigger, he might hit one of the myriad looters/carjackers/thieves. Or maybe just stop letting lawbreakers go with a slap on the wrist or less. Fund the police and let them do their jobs would cut crime also, but Commie Demonrat traitors hell bent on destroying our Republic are against that!

Mike
Mike
4 months ago

It’s happening all over. Commit a crime if you are arrested you are back on the streets in a couple of hours. After 25 years as a Correction Officer in NY I was first surprised that so many of the new prisons were being emptied and shut down. Maybe instead of jailing them we should send them south of the border like the south has bee doing to us.

james carlyle
james carlyle
4 months ago

Relocate the Capitol of the USA to Texas where it belongs

Robert
Robert
4 months ago

Call me a bigot if you must because what I see are cities like Philadelphia, New York, Detroit, L A, New Orleans, and DC all run by Black Democrat Mayors, with Black police chiefs and Black council people and they are crime infested crap holes today. They can only blame themselves for several generations there has been White flight from the cities because of Black crime and violence.

rifleman7
rifleman7
4 months ago

The entire problem stems from the left wing attitude toward life in general. Child sacrifice on the altar of convenience is considered a “right” by those who perpetrate these crimes against humanity. The same applies to the left wing attitude toward euthanasia, which is accepted in many circles around this nation, and is soon coming to more states.
The same people who create this problem consider themselves to be their own god, hold their middle finger up into the face of the Creator, and declare that they themselves have the right to make life and death decisions independent of society.
Council members Nadeau and Allen, as well as Mayor Bowser, have proven beyond all doubt that they are not fit to hold public office. In fact, they are not fit to be free in a civilized society.
I do not care about the color of their skin. What I care about is the content of their character. And their character has been placed on full display for the world to see. Unfortunately for Nadeau, Allen and Bowser, their display of character shows them to sorely lacking in judgement and character. Their hearts are as dark as the devil himself.

Denise
Denise
4 months ago

D.C. is now number one in the nation for violent crime…and it starts with the demorats and no doubt the rinos. Our neighbor state, New Mexico also demorat plagued…is still in the number 2 spot for violence. And watching what passes for “news” and seeing these far left liberal “judges” literally awarding sick jokes of sentences on repeat violent criminals night after night I can only wonder what kind of people support those who’s sole aim is to destroy this nation…then I remember George Bush Sr. presidential acceptance speech; “We must usher in the New World Order.” Patrick Henry made it clear over 200 plus years ago when he said; “When a nation forgets it’s God, tyrants soon forge it’s chains”. Our Patriot Founders knew what tyranny was…they crossed an ocean for months on wooden ships to escape it.” And this nation, with precious few exceptions has not only forgotten it’s God, it has turned it’s collective back on Him. The comfort and freedom we’ve enjoyed for many decades is fading fast…
This degrading of what was once a strong justice system in what was once, by and large a safe primarily Christian nation, is deliberate and with malice. No border, deliberate….illegals being put up in hotels, given tax payer money, food, clothing ad nauseum…and who can forget Mz. Nancy Pelosi not long ago saying; “Everyone has a right to vote.” America once the home of the Free and the Brave…is degraded, borderless, run by self serving wannabe tyrants and bordering on extinction… to be replace by the devil’s “new world order”. Just for “fun” sometime read the book of Revelation and see how it all ends. Sorry to be a downer…but America the land of the free has become little more than a free for all…how many are willing to risk life and limb to fight for it? Oh, if you’re not on someone’s list as an enemy of the state…why not? Indeed I am, per my late friend and sheriff…on the CBI’s list as an enemy…for writing and calling politicians.

David Campbell
David Campbell
4 months ago

Funny thing about those on the left. They are immune to facts and common sense, until they are personnly affected by the consequences of their policies.

Ol’1
Ol’1
4 months ago

PEOPLE Rule?!

Lisa Skinner
Lisa Skinner
4 months ago

The democrat voters knew the policies of these idiots when they voted them into office but did so anyway. Cry me a river you got what you voted for.

Lisa Skinner
Lisa Skinner
4 months ago

You get what you vote for. These “democrat voters” knew the policies of these idiots they put in office but voted for them anyway. I can hear the violins playing off in the distance.

Harry
Harry
4 months ago

Remember the good old days when school kids went to DC to see the history and relate it to the country’s beginning as did many adult’s??? I do, but no longer!! Its not safe at anytime. Never will be with all liberal leadership!!

Just see the differences in red and blue areas and who leads them and your travel itinerary is easy to plan. If you want to avoid being a victim

zoe frost
zoe frost
4 months ago

Crime is rising faster than a rocket to the moon, thanks to the lawless traitors in positions of power, starting at the tippy top. The Marxist/Globalist Demonrat traitor’s (aided by their BFF RINOs) are determined to destroy our great Constitutional Republic; encouraging mayhem is but one of their evil, dirty tactics.
The expletives latest ploy? The DOJ (that traitor Commie Obamie corrupted and weaponized) now under JoeBama’s 3rd term (further bolstered to destroy anything opposing the “fundamental transformation” of our Republic to their totalitarian tyranny hell), just blocked Texas from arresting unvetted ILLEGALS (many of whom are committing crimes including murder!), that are pouring in (along with copious amounts of drugs), thanks to JoeBama’s deliberately open border.

D Winant
D Winant
4 months ago

They voted for them…..and now they have buyers remorse. Maybe they should do a little more research when they support a candidate. People are fed up but continue to vote these Arseholes into office. I have a REAL hard time feeling sorry for some of these useful idiots (that are actually USLESS!)

Linda
Linda
4 months ago

Two of the democrats policy changes that have failed American citizens.

anna hubert
anna hubert
4 months ago

A few days ago Bloody Sunday was remembered as something horrible Now not only Sunday but every day is bloody and all is good

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