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Murray Asks for Sign Retrieval Help

by ARLnow.com November 15, 2010 at 9:05 am 1,418 19 Comments

Patrick Murray, who lost his bid to unseat Rep. Jim Moran earlier this month, is asking his supporters for one last act of honor and courage: to clear remaining campaign signs from median strips.

Murray estimated that the campaign has collected about 95 percent of signs. That would mean that 5 percent of the campaign’s signs — about 550 signs out of a total of 11,000 — are still scattered about the Eighth District.

In an email, Murray asked supporters to help with the retrieval effort before the Tuesday deadline for removing campaign signs.

Most of our local jurisdictions require signs to be removed within two weeks after the election. With that deadline looming on Tuesday, we need some help. If as you move about the district during the next day or two and see a sign still in place, I ask that if you have the time that you stop and pick it up for us.

If you see a sign or two and are not in a position to pick it up, or if you have some you need to get to us please send an email to [email protected], and note the location so we can attempt to have another volunteer recover it as soon as possible.

  • othersideoftheriver

    Uh, right. So if the candidate tells the entire county via blog it’s ok to remove signs, we won’t get arrested? (See the bit about Bernie Berne’s sign removal pleas in your morning notes http://www.arlnow.com/2010/11/11/morning-notes-106/).

    • Let’s Be Free

      Hard to see what you would get arrested for. By authorizing any and everyone to remove signs Murray’s campaign is effectively giving them away. Consider them yours!

  • Lacey Forest

    Good for him. I have noted that in the median on Carlin Springs road (as of two weekends ago) the only signs remaining tended to be Murray signs, the Retire Jim Moran signs and a few Mark Kelly signs. At least from my small sample, the Dems did a better job of quickly getting the signs down.

    • Dave

      Why didn’t they just take all the signs down? It only took me about 30 minutes the morning after Election Day to remove all the signs – Democrat, Independent, and Republican – around my polling place (along the road included). Looks like they were only picking up signs for one side in order to make the other side look bad, which is pretty lame. If one actually cared about removing eyesores, then he or she would just pick up all the signs and not be selective.

  • el fat kid

    The Murray campaign was pretty good about picking up all the Moran signs before the election so not sure with their own.

    • el fat kid

      so not sure *why they need help* with their own.

  • Paco

    I personally saw Sally Baird removing her signs and other Dem signs the weekend after the election. Good for her.

  • Joe

    I’m a Zimmerman supporter, but I have to give credit to Kelly for personally taking down his signs along Ohio near 66 last weekend.

  • Katie

    Aren’t you risking getting hit by a car?

  • Westoverite

    Actually, Arlington requires signs to already be removed (Saturday after election); I personally took down more than 50 signs.

  • mosprott

    What about Yelverton (the write-in candidate I wasn’t even aware of until after the election)? His signs are *every*where.

    • jan

      I didn’t notice his name until after the election when his signs seemed to sprout.

  • LaceyForester

    Why did he put up so many signs in the first place? As of late last week I counted at least 10 Murray signs on Washington Blvd between 50 and 395. All other signs political signs had been taken down.

  • Fairfax

    State law is crystal clear that political candidates CAN NOT put signs in the state right-of-way. This Murray guy can no more authorize people to take them up than he can to put them up. I guess he ran for Congress and had no clue what the law is.

    • Jersey Mike’s

      better than being IN Congress and not having a clue what the law is… (pay for play Moran)

  • MC

    Murray is a loser and a cheapskate. He and his money-machine backers pelleted me with countless robo-calls and blanketed the county with his signs, but he’s unwilling to spend his war chest to clean up the trash he makes, asking for “volunteers”? I saw one his signs today and thought to myself what a sham his campaign was — outsider-funded machine politics.

    • Murray sent out an email today stating that his campaign is $35,000 in debt and he needs more donations. So, that could be a problem.

  • DaveinSA

    Most of you (on both sides) need to soften your stances. You can be civil in your disagreements or not. So sorry you chose the later in the anonymous comfort of your keyboard. Get a mirror, put your posting next to your face, and ask if this is what you want to be. If it is, we are doomed. Focus on helping not criticizing … and over signs ??????

  • brian


    “November 1, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I tried to ask Jim Moran a question about the 2011 federal budget at an event in Alexandria, and he started verbally attacking me. I was shocked, as I had voted for him many times. He assumed I was some Republican plant… Unfortunately for him, I WAS someone who generally supports the Democratic party. His attack on me means I will no longer support him, or the candidates he supports. We have a nice thug as our Representative.”


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