Sheboygan recall effort under fire

Critics continue to doubt validity

CREATED Sep 22, 2011 - UPDATED: Sep 22, 2011

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SHEBOYGAN - The days are winding down.  The effort to recall Sheboygan Mayor Bob Ryan nears the halfway point of a 60-day deadline.

Alderman Kevin MatiChek and his sister, Kate, have until November 1st to gather 4,121 legitimate signatures in a push to launch recall elections.

The criticism continues, however, surrounding MatiChek's intentions.

Vicky Meyer, a former Common Council member, was--until recently--a staunch recall supporter. A certified letter from MatiChek changed her mind. The letter, Meyer says, asked her to stay away from the alderman and his recall campaign.

"I took this as a threat from Kevin MatiChek that if I got involved or continued to try to be involved, he was going to do something," Meyer said.

"We didn't want to be associated with anyone considered abrasive or disruptive," MatiChek responded by phone.

Volunteers say they're still making a genuine effort. However, with only about 1,500 signatures reported, the group still needs more than twice that to launch an election.

"Anybody that would like to join the movement is welcome to come in and see how we're doing," said volunteer Tom Bowers.

In order to boost signatures, the recall group will collect signatures during public events in the next few days:

    * Friday @ 6:00PM - Sheboygan North High School varsity football game
    * Saturday from 10:00AM to 2:00PM - Sheridan and Cleveland parks
    * Saturday from 9:00AM to 2:00PM - Farmers market in Fountain Park