At the September council meeting, minutes after Galvan served the notice of intent to circulate a recall petition on the two council members, Rodriguez pulled out his own recall petition notice against Robertson, which the other council members promptly signed. That petition charged, among other things, that Robertson had displayed "insensitivity to the wishes and needs of Cudahy residents."
"I didn't want to do this," Rodriguez said. "But that (recall petition) was the last straw. We've reached the point where the man has got to go."
Robertson's official response, an angry document with lots of italics and large blocks of capital letters, said the other members were trying to create what he called a "DICTATORSHIP IN CUDAHY."
The anti-Robertson petition is being circulated. If one-fourth of the city's registered voters, about 700, sign the recall petition, the matter will go on the ballot.
Galvan is redrafting his recall petitions against Cluck and Graffio because his notices to circulate petitions were thrown out on technical grounds by Joseph, leading to charges by Galvan that Joseph is in the political pocket of the council majority.
So Cudahy voters may soon have an opportunity to sign opposing recall petitions involving their elected leaders.
Joseph, who will have to count and verify the signatures on the petitions, says: "I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people signed both of them."