Is Huether paying people to collect nominating petition signatures?


A little bit ago on the Argus 100 Eyes show, Ellis broke some news. He got a tip that Huether is paying people to collect signatures for his mayoral campaign.

It is not unusual to pay someone to collect signatures. But c’mon! Really? Why would a mayor, who is as popular as he claims he is need to pay someone to collect 200 valid signatures? This is something he could easily do in one Saturday afternoon. Bonita Schwan personally collected 105 valid signatures in one day.

Maybe the polls that have been conducted are saying he is not as popular as he thinks?


#1 pathloss on 02.25.14 at 4:13 pm

It’s hard to find a Huether fan. It’ll take weeks. The only way to find enough signatures is to pay people to pay people to sign.

#2 circulator on 02.25.14 at 4:28 pm

I thought it was strange to see a petitioner standing outside of the post office collecting signatures for the Mayor?!?! I gleefully declined to sign. MMM is sure looking desperate right now…

#3 rufusx on 02.25.14 at 6:49 pm

Job Creator.

#4 LJL on 02.25.14 at 8:05 pm

Minimum wage and not 1 penny more. Benefits provided by Obummer.

#5 Rurik on 02.25.14 at 8:53 pm

Isn’t he the guy who spent extravagant funds trying to replace the concrete in all our streets, all at the same time? With no consideration about tearing up main and alternate routes simultaneously. And who then went back and tore up some of the new work to replace it just after it was done. Then there are othernew construction projects most likely to benefit his friends.

#6 carhart605 on 02.25.14 at 10:27 pm

Been away from the board for a few days and I’ve clearly missed a lot, but I have to say, Ruf’s “job creator” comment had me rolling. Well played sir.

#7 rufusx on 02.26.14 at 12:20 pm

On the other hand – I had twice as many sigs on my nominating petitions as needed- two weeks before the last day. Carried them all myself. I even had people asking me if they could sign after I’d turned them in. Now, my job is to turn them into votes.

#8 Emmett on 02.26.14 at 2:45 pm

Mayor Mike’s petition guy at the courthouse is very polite and doing a good job – but he admitted to me he’s experienced a lot of hostility down there. In the 30 mins I watched, I heard several people call Mayor Mike a bully, and several people said NO WAY very firmly. I know the Mayor is frustrating people with his style of running the city but even I was surprised by the level of rejection this guy faced.
Getting signatures takes time, sweat and thick skin, so its no wonder that organizations will pay workers to get signatures for statewide ballot proposals, but for a local Mayoral race that only needs 200 signatures? The candidate should be able to get them himself or have a couple friends volunteer who can vouch for his good service.. just my two cents.. I think everyone on here knows where I stand. If MMM gets a second term, I’m proposing a change-of-Gov ordinance to bring SF back to the city-manager style because it only took one bad apple to ruin the Strong-Mayor.

Emmett (At Large “A” Council candidate on April 8)

#9 l3wis on 02.26.14 at 3:37 pm

Like I said, there have been several polls out there about the popularity of the mayor, I have a feeling they are not coming back as favorable as he thinks.

#10 Nature Lover on 02.26.14 at 8:28 pm

I am in total agreement that Strong Mayor Style is not working. We need it changed!

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