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'Wild Wild' West's recall on the fast track

Here’s just one sample of his smooth moves: he made a pass at a state senator’s 18-year-old son — “I want to do to your son what no mother would want to know.”

The perverted antics of pedophile/sex maniac-on-government-time Spokane Mayor Jim West are catching up with him. After many, many instances of corruption resulting from his addiction to trolling for sex on the taxpayer’s dime, including the appointment of a 24-year-old openly gay man to the city’s Human Rights Commission in April 2004 (who said West “offered me $300 cash if I’d swim naked with him in my swimming pool.”), a critical mass of folks want to give him the boot. The recall is going well… (

Three days after they began circulating petitions seeking an election to recall Mayor Jim West, organizers say they have collected about 40 percent of the necessary signatures. Ralph Tracy raced from car to car pulling into the lot of a vacant car-repair shop on busy Division Street that serves as a drive-through collection point and recall headquarters.

“People are starting to realize we can make a difference,” said Tracy, a volunteer who logged 14 hours handing out petitions on Sunday and planned a 17-hour day yesterday.

“He’s done some good things for the city, but when it comes down to it, Spokane’s image has been hurt. This is an opportunity to take politics out of it … for people to have the chance to vote again,” Tracy said. “We revote and whether he stays or goes, it’s all over with.”

West, in his second year as mayor after a 17-year career in the state Legislature, is accused of offering a City Hall job to someone he thought was an 18-year-old high-school student he met in an online gay chat room. The “teen” was really a computer expert hired by The Spokesman-Review newspaper to track the mayor’s online activities.

The newspaper published a series of articles implicating West in sexual abuse of boys in the late 1970s and early 1980s and of offering City Hall jobs in exchange for sex to young men he met online. West acknowledged using “poor judgment” but has denied doing anything illegal.

To make the ballot, organizers must collect signatures of about 12,600 registered city voters. Amunrud said the group hopes to turn in 16,000 signatures. “We’re right around 5,000,” Amunrud said yesterday morning. “We hit the floor running when the word came down” that petitions could be circulated, she said.

For more on the perv:

More on the secret life of outed gay homo-bigot Jim West

Spokane’s Jim ‘Wild Wild’ West faces more allegations

Jim West’s computer full of who-knows-what is seized

Freepers react to Jim West outing

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