I live within 500 yards of two election day precinct polling places, and about five blocks from one of the most popular early voting locations in Travis County, so it’s no surprise that by election day, my area is well-populated with political yard signs of all persuasions.
Since there were so many contested judicial races in Travis County this time, and since the nomination for Governor was contested in both parties’ primaries, this was a banner year for signs. Or is that a sign year for banners? Whatever, you get the point: my neighborhood was packed with yard signs.
But after the primary election, all the campaigns, both Republican and Democratic, were very good about going through the neighborhood and removing their signs. By 48 hours following the election, there wasn’t a yard sign to be found. Literally thousands of political signs had disappeared.
Except for one candidate: Debra Medina.
Debra Medina’s yard signs are still everywhere. Up and down Cherrywood Road. Scattered on 38 1/2 Street. A metric ton of them up and down Airport Blvd., for miles.
After tweeting about it, I got a reply from a Medina supporter a couple of days ago, asking me where the errant signs are. Although my first thought was “why does that matter – her campaign should be removing her signs wherever they are,” I meekly replied to her and explained where they are. Two days later, the signs are still there.
For the record, Debra, you’re trashing up East Austin. But if you’re still trashing up my area, I’m guessing you’re still trashing up many areas around Texas. What happened to that big enthusiasm your supporters claimed on your behalf?
Note to the City of Austin: it’s clear that the Medina-istas aren’t going to fulfill their legal obligations, so how’s about you taking a break from the important work of searching out the dastardly criminals who are texting while driving, and instead collect the Medina signs, then fine Medina for every one of ‘em you collect?