In Michigan
6:24 pm
Wed July 8, 2009

Mich. man told Granholm recall language invalid

LANSING, MI – Paul Piche failed to get language approved for a petition recalling Gov. Jennifer Granholm. But he plans to try again.

The Ingham County Election Commission voted 3-0 Wednesday to turn down the petition language, saying it wasn't sufficiently clear. Piche says he plans to refile a new petition with different language.

The 52-year-old corrections officer from Omer works at the state prison at Standish and says the Democratic governor should be recalled because her policy of letting more prisoners out when they're eligible for parole is endangering the public.

Granholm has argued the move is needed to help deal with a budget shortfall. She says a study shows Michigan unnecessarily imprisons people longer than most surrounding states.