Calvin Goings is a good sport. Trib columnist Pete Callaghan tears into him about the early appearance of the Pierce County councilman’s yard signs, yet he calls me hours after the paper landed on his front porch to talk about the signs.
Quick recap: The signs started appearing months ago. They’re everywhere. And the election for Pierce County Executive is in November 2008.
If Goings wanted to outflank his opponents early, he’s successful. And, the Democrat said, isn’t that the point?
"Obviously, this is not a campaign for student council," he said. "This is for the top elected official in Pierce County."
He didn’t want to say how many have been printed or how many have been distributed. He said he’s running an "old-fashioned campaign," and he promised he’ll be "out-working everyone else" until next November.
And he’s not holding a grudge against the columnist who says he "tests the public’s patience and reduces the effectiveness of signs."
"We were getting about a dozen requests a week," he said. "But since the column ran, we’ve been getting a lot more."