Recall

Video shows false statements made related to recall effort
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/21/2013 09:55:31 AM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — A video put online late Saturday night shows what appears to be a man attempting to gather signatures to recall Councilwoman Wendy McCammack by falsely claiming that he works with the city and is attempting to protect McCammack.

“We just basically want to to get her back on the council, get her back on the ballot, have her voice heard,” says the man in the video, which looks like it was taken by a security camera as the man comes to the door of a resident in McCammack’s 7th Ward.

When the woman who answers the door questions him, he sticks to the story for about three minutes before she says the document looks like a recall petition and he abruptly leaves.

During that time, he also falsely states that “they actually busted half the council members and the city attorney embezzling money, but Wendy McCammack was not part of that.” No charges of embezzlement have been made against sitting officials, and no evidence of it have been presented in the year since the city announced a $45 million deficit and began the process of filing for bankruptcy protection.

The video was put on YouTube and shared on Twitter by a group that describes itself as “San Bernardino Citizens, Business Owners and Community Leaders Against the Recall.”

Recall campaign manager Michael McKinney said he suspects the person in the video, who gives his name as Sean Simpson, isn’t affiliated with his drive to recall McCammack and other city officials.

“It seems a little set up and contrived to me,” McKinney said Sunday morning. “We absolutely do not agree with anything that the signature-gatherer said in that video. We would actually fire somebody who would do something like that.”

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