Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Fun with campaign signs; part 1

One of the traditions of campaign season is campaign signs. 

One of the traditions with campaign signs is that there are mistakes, mishaps, and just plain game-playing with campaign signs.

And one of my traditions?  Writing about the mistakes, mishaps, and game-playing with signs.  :)

It's early still, generally the "fun with campaign signs" period starts after the primary, but occasionally there are some enterprising folks who like to get a head start on things, like -

Yes, underneath that gang tagging (at least, I think it is gang-related), is a sign from the rather infamous Lester Pearce, a candidate for county supervisor in District 2 (most of Mesa, Scottsdale, and northeastern Maricopa County).

This sign was on the SE corner of Pima Road and McDowell Road, at the border of the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) and the City of Scottsdale.

I say "was" because the sign is gone now, not because of the tagging but because the sign was placed on SRPMIC land.

A call to the Community Relations office of the SRPMIC confirmed what I already suspected was true - they don't allow signs of any kind to simply be thrown up anywhere on their land.  They don't discriminate; all of them come down.

For instance, signs have gone up on the NE corner of the same intersection and were gone so quickly that I didn't have a chance to take a pic of them (Jeff Flake for Senate most recently, and [I think] Travis Grantham in the CD9 race).

One of the basics of a campaign is that the person responsible for sign placement learns the sign rules in the different jurisdictions where the campaign plans to put up signs.

Obviously, there is some on-the-job training going on right now. :)

...On the west side, however, things are more deliberate in the race for mayor of Glendale -

Courtesy Jeff Stana, a loyal reader in Glendale

And in case you are familiar with the name of Jerry Weiers, a long-time Republican state legislator (not "career" but definitely was there for far too long), this isn't the doing of a Democrat -

Courtesy the same reader

In case you can't read the fine print, the sign was paid for by the campaign of Walt Opaska, a tea party type who is also running for mayor of Glendale.

It shouldn't be too much of a surprise that Opaska is going after Weiers. 

It's become obvious that neither one will get 50% plus one vote or even can catch Manny Cruz in the the August election.  They just need to come in second (and hence, not be eliminated) and hope to win over the votes of the other's supporters in the November election.

More to come...

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