Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro, under fire for tweeting an insult to a survivor of the Parkland School shooting, says outside special interest groups, spending thousands of dollars and colluding with "political elites and the local press" are the reason he's facing a recall election.
In a lengthy post on his Facebook page addressed to the People of Waterville, Isgro accuses petition circulators of running a "disgraceful and dishonest campaign," which he says preyed upon the elderly, disrespected veterans and bullied residents. A Republican, Isgro says his team will be closely examining the petitions for accuracy. Supporters of the recall needed 857 signatures to hold a special election. They gathered more than 1000 and had 887 certified this week.
In his post Isgro suggests that his critics want to silence him and his supporters and have outsiders take control of the city.
"In the coming weeks a dark cloud of deceit will descend on Waterville," he said. "Thousands more will be spend, paid political operatives will roam the streets and political parties will lay claim to your vote."
Waterville city councilors are expected to decide next week when the recall election will be held.