City Councilman Tim Leigh claimed today that Council President Scott Hente contemplated his recall after he publicly criticized Memorial Health System.
“Months ago, I asked for McEvoy and his senior leaders to be placed on administrative leave and called for an investigation into some of the real estate dealings at the hospital. Those statements caused the council President to ask for my censure at a minimum, while he contemplated my recall and I’m sure I’ll be taken out to the wood-shed again for pointing out the obvious,” Leigh wrote in his electronic newsletter.
When asked about the assertions, Hente said they were “absolutely” wrong.
“That is an untrue statement, nor did I call for his censure,” said Hente, adding that all he did was ask Leigh to “just tone down the rhetoric a little bit.”
Councilwoman Angela Dougan has a different recollection.
Dougan said Hente called her into his office and asked if he would support a censure of Leigh.
“I said, ‘No way,’” she said, adding that Hente said he was “just thinking about it and probably would not go forward with it.”