Resolution to impeach UF SG president rejected


Published: Friday, January 30, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 10:52 p.m.

A resolution to impeach University of Florida Student Body President Kevin Reilly was rejected Thursday at a meeting of the fall senators at The Hillel.

The bill presented included six articles, each detailing accusations against Reilly, including engaging in illegal communication with other Senate members, intentionally harming minority party members and deciding appointments to replacement Senate seats, which is power outside his branch.

All six articles were voted not factual through a roll-call vote.

"The meeting went exactly how I thought it should go. I think the Senate made a good decision," Reilly said.

According to the bill, Reilly received e-mails and sent e-mails that showed preferential treatment of certain Senate seat candidates.

One e-mail mentioned in the article of impeachment detailed plans to keep interviews "very, very short" for Orange and Blue Party members nominated to Senate seats.

According to the article, then-Senate President Kellie Dale sent the e-mail to Senate President Pro Tempore Mary Grace Bell, both members of the Gator Party, and Reilly was copied as a recipient. He apparently did not, however, respond to the e-mail.

According to the e-mail, good questions were to be given to "our people."

Four days earlier, Reilly had sent an e-mail in which he highlighted in green 10 out of 12 names of Senate candidates organized on an Excel spreadsheet.

"Green means go," he wrote in the e-mail.

Gator Party leader Louis Holzberg refused to comment on the accusations during a telephone interview.

Although not all his recommendations were fulfilled, supporters of Thursday's article of impeachment insisted he was selecting people according to their sorority or fraternity membership, which was written next to each candidate's name.

Senators opposing the article of impeachment Thursday said Reilly was only giving his input.

"It's absurd to stand here and say he can't give advice to two people he is very close to," Sen. Shire Patel said.

Reilly took office in May 2008 and was elected by 55,000 students, Sen. Stacey Gray said.

"He betrayed the trust of not just me but everyone else that he represents and that we represent," Gray said.

Another accusation against Reilly was his appointment of Brett Roth as executive director of Chomp the Vote.

Due to Roth's absence from the Senate in summer 2008, Chomp the Vote did not register any voters during this session, the article of impeachment stated. Students' ability to participate in elections may have been reduced by that.

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