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D.C. mayor calls recall effort 'ill-advised'

Tuesday - 1/31/2012, 7:02am  ET

WASHINGTON - District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray says it would be "ill-advised" for district voters to sign a petition seeking to recall him from office.

Political activist Frederick Butler filed a notice of intent to recall Gray and D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown earlier this month.

Gray says in his response that Butler did not make a strong case for a recall and notes the cost of a citywide special election. He also says his administration is making progress in a number of critical areas.

Brown's response lists his accomplishments in office and goals for his term as council chairman.

Butler now will have 180 days to collect more than 45,000 signatures. No one has ever gathered enough signatures to trigger a recall election against a district mayor or councilmember.

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