WGA prexy in Gray area

With 300 signatures, guild would redo presidential vote

Gray Davis, you’re not alone.

The Charles Holland controversy won’t go away from the WGA West.

In the wake of the guild board’s 10-6 tepid “vote of confidence” of Holland as president Tuesday, a movement to recall Holland via petition will launch today.

If proponents obtain 300 signatures, it would trigger a recall election among the 8,000 WGA West members.

Holland has been accused of misrepresenting his background as a member of the Army Special Forces and recipient of a college football scholarship during the 1980s. He apologized to the board for having made the statements in a 2002 interview with the guild’s magazine and plans to address the controversy in a message to members shortly.

The WGA West board elevated Holland from VP to prexy Jan. 6 after Victoria Riskin stepped down because her active membership had lapsed when she ran for office. Eric Hughes, who publicized Riskin’s eligibility problems in his campaign against her last summer, told Daily Variety that the recall movement stemmed from members’ perception that they’re excluded from guild operations.

“They feel they have not had a say in the vote of confidence and that Holland needs to respond to the allegations with documentation,” said Hughes, who supports the recall.

A WGA West spokeswoman had no comment.

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