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In 1997, Mayor Marion Barry faced a recall drive after alienating D.C. cabbies and their ally Sandra Seegars. Now his successor faces one, too—for not being hard enough on the outspoken taxicab commissioner. According to a petition filed by community activist Elijah Gatewood, Mayor Anthony A. Williams did nothing when Seegars urged hacks to avoid “dangerous-looking” black men and violent neighborhoods. In fact, the mayor publicly deplored Seegars’ remarks at the time. And in his official answer to the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics about Gatewood’s complaint, Williams adds that he threatened to can Seegars if she didn’t pipe down. “As far as I am aware,” the mayor writes, “Ms. Seegars has not continued to make these statements.” Gatewood, though, is sticking with the recall effort. He has his work cut out for him: So far, he’s signed up exactly one of the 32,597 kindred souls required to force a November recall election—himself. “I’m not saying it’s impossible,” Gatewood says, “but I have a lot of other things to do as well.” —Kevin Diaz