On Tuesday in Cornelius, a special recall election found the mayor and two city councilors who'd echoed anti-government themes pushed by the Tea Party, swept out of office in what can only be described as a slam dunk.
Final Tuesday night returns in a recall election showed voters weighing in 2-to-1 against the city's mayor, Neal Knight and two city councilors, Jamie Minshall and Mari Gottwald.
The recall was initiated by Brad Coffey, who lost his bid for reelection to the city council last fall when Minshall and Gottwald ran as a slate, with Knight, known as Team 3.
Coffey reportedly initiated the recall after Mayor Knight led the way for the firing of City Manager Dave Waffle, causing a huge rift in the town. Knight had pushed Waffle to address his issues with one of Waffle's underlings. Cornelius' city charter precludes the mayor from urging the city manager to make decisions about personnel. Later when "Team 3" voted to oust Waffle, calls for the recall of the three began immediately.
Team 3 rode the Republican wave into office in 2010. Apparently their anti-government sentiment and inept, possibly corrupt management of city affairs won't hold up even in conservative Cornelius, who gave them a boot after less than a year in office. The two remaining city councilor will reportedly appoint replacements for the ousted members, including the mayor.