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Merritt: A-Twitter with accusations about yard signs

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on Sep. 29, 2009 at 11:42 am with 5 Comments »
September 29, 2009 2:14 pm

From his Twitter account (@merritformayor), Tacoma mayoral candidate Jim Merritt recently tweeted the following:

Just heard of 9 more sign stolen from private yards today. Spoke to my opponent &asked her to get the word out to cease this practice.


I spoke with Merritt campaign manager Ronnie Bush this morning, who claims at least 300 Merritt signs have disappeared around Tacoma — what Bush described as part of a “concerted” effort of alleged thefts on the part of  the campaign of Merritt’s opponent, Marilyn Strickland.  Strickland absolutely denies the claims.

“When it’s one or two signs, you can blame it on kids or pranksters or whatever,” said Bush, adding that the missing signs would cost upward of $1,000 to replace. “But when it starts happening in a concerted way, it’s something else. I’ve never had this many signs disappear in any other campaign.”

But Bush conceded,  when questioned, the Merritt campaign has no proof to say who is pilfering the signs, nor has the campaign made a formal complaint to police.

I also spoke today with Strickland, who says the allegations are absolutely ridiculous.

“We’re not doing that, I mean seriously,” she said. “My campaign team doesn’t have time to run around tearing down yard signs.”

Strickland added Merritt did bring the issue up to her at a recent event, but Strickland said she told him her team wasn’t involved. She was ticked that Merritt’s campaign would intimate otherwise.

“Jim Merritt must be the most victimized candidate in city campaign history,” Strickland said.

She noted Merritt’s campaign has complained about an “alleged whisper campaign” that he is a Republican (both Bush and Merritt have denied he has any GOP affiliation), then later got miffed about allegedly being misquoted during a candidate forum.

“Every week, they’re aggrieved about something or other,” she said.

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  1. lmonaghan says:

    I had my two Strickland signs disappear from my yard about the same time Merritt signs showed up. Looks like this is happening on both sides.

  2. kenrabbitmiller says:

    Do things have to be true to get coverage? Because if not, I’d like you to report on a couple of items. For example, I know which candidates are actually space aliens. The other stuff is even better.

    Please advise. My campaign is out of money and ideas and I need as much publicity as I can get. Thanks.

  3. TacomaBorn says:

    Ronnie – the missing signs would really cost upward to $1000.00 to be replaced ??? Quit exagerating ! ! We are bored !!

  4. ClownPosse says:

    Many have grown tired of this Mayoral Candidate, turned petulant Little Man !

    1st you have his meltdown over his failed Luzon attempt, now this !

    Hey Jimmy, why don’t You TWITTER your way into the neighborhoods of the taxpayers, not just those in the NorthEnd, and TWITTER about our crumbling streets and infrastructure !

  5. GreeneGirl says:

    As a Strickland volunteer, I can tell you we’re losing signs too. I spend a lot of time putting signs back up and replacing torn and broken ones. The difference is we realize this is just part of a campaign and haven’t gone around whining about it.

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