Campaign to recall Sam Adams begins

Campaign to recall Sam Adams begins »Play Video
In this Monday Jan 26, 2009 picture, Portland Mayor Sam Adams attends a joint session in the Council Chamber of City Hall in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Attorney General isn't prosecuting him but Mayor Sam Adams now officially faces his second major hurdle - a recall effort.

The Recall Sam Adams Campaign filed its initial petition Tuesday morning after waiting six months after the mayor took office, as required by law.

The group has to collect more than 32,000 signatures from the pool of 355,000 eligible Portland voters within 90 days.  Then, the city has 10 days to certify the signatures and if that happens, Adams has five days to decide whether to resign.  If he doesn't, there are 35 days for a campaign.  And finally, if all that happens, it could be mid-November before there is a recall vote.

Organizers think they can succeed. The group has about 600 volunteers.