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Gay Vallejo Mayor Candidate Gary Cloutier Files Recount Lawsuit

Gary Cloutier, the openly gay candidate who was declared the winner of the Vallejo, California mayoral election by a tiny margin of five votes, and then declared loser in a recount, filed a lawsuit challenging the results of the recount in Solano County Superior Court yesterday.

CloutierNBC11 reports: "At a news conference outside the courthouse this afternoon, Cloutier said the challenge is based on discrepancies between the machine count of ballots and a manual recount in December. Cloutier won the machine count and was sworn as mayor. Davis then requested a manual recount and [Osby] Davis won by two votes and was sworn as mayor. Cloutier said a ballot in his favor was found in the trash during the recount at the Registrar of Voters office. Cloutier said that indicates the 'potential for mischief' tainted the recount, which he also criticized as unsupervised by county officials. 'The recount is in shambles,' Cloutier said. Cloutier is asking the court to annul the certification of Davis as the winner and to declare him the elected mayor of Vallejo."

Cloutier says he doesn't want another recount, but either wants either a special election to be held, or a judge to decide the winner.

Cloutier would be the city's first gay mayor if elected. Alternatively, Davis would be the city's first black mayor.

Previously
Gary Cloutier Alleges Fraud in Vallejo Mayoral Election Recount [tr]
New Gay Vallejo Mayor Gary Cloutier Loses Election in Recount [tr]
Gary Cloutier Declared "Unofficial Winner" in Vallejo Mayoral Race [tr]
Gay Vallejo Mayoral Candidate Arrested for Public Intoxication [tr]
Vallejo, California Mayoral Candidates Battle to Be a First for City [tr]

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  1. God, I hate politics.

    Posted by: Michael W. | Jan 8, 2008 11:18:31 AM


  2. Vote for Ralph Wiggum!

    Posted by: crispy | Jan 8, 2008 11:35:13 AM


  3. OMG!! First this clown gets arrested for public intoxication while the votes are being counted in his election and now he is asking for a recount for the position of MAYOR OF VALLEJO?! This isn't an election for U.S. President, Governor of a state, or even mayor of a major U.S. city...it's an election for Mayor of Vallejo, a small, rundown, working class suburb of San Francisco whose main claim to fame is that it the home to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, a copycat of Marine World. Get a life, you fucking idiot!!

    Posted by: peterparker | Jan 8, 2008 12:38:24 PM


  4. Uh, Marine World BECAME Discovery Kingdom. It's not a copy cat. He has every right to a fair election.

    Posted by: Michael | Jan 8, 2008 2:18:06 PM


  5. Does he have nothing else to live for?

    Posted by: anon (gmail.com) | Jan 8, 2008 3:14:00 PM


  6. if i put the time, effort, and money into a political campaign i would definitely want a just decision. come on, people.

    Posted by: aaron | Jan 8, 2008 5:15:22 PM


  7. Tainted elections are a major problem in this country, and any questionable outcome should be challenged.

    Posted by: gay as life | Jan 8, 2008 7:28:25 PM


  8. Oh, for chrissakes, Gary, let it GO! What you need, boyfriend, is a serious rehab program and some quiet counseling on how to be a gracious loser. I am certain that if a recount were to be held you would lose again. Take a deep breath, honey. And then get to work on your sad, sorry self.

    Posted by: mike | Jan 13, 2008 6:28:20 AM


  9. Oh, for chrissakes, Gary, let it GO! What you need, boyfriend, is a serious rehab program and some quiet counseling on how to be a gracious loser. I am certain that if a recount were to be held you would lose again. Take a deep breath, honey. And then get to work on your sad, sorry self.

    Posted by: mike | Jan 13, 2008 6:29:01 AM


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