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Election winners, losers should get to work, remove campaign signs

There is a lot of competition for the people trying to grab motorists' attention. Mingling with the illegal roadside signs touting lawn maintenance, fitness at home, and "we hang Xmas lights'' services are the remnants of the recently concluded campaign season.

It has been 30 days since the Nov. 2 election, but "Let's get to work'' has not translated to let's get to work picking up all the litter left behind.

Here is a sample of what motorists see this week while driving along State Road 54 in central Pasco, U.S. 41 in Land O'Lakes, and State Road 52 on both sides of the county: Campaign signs for candidates for governor, the Cabinet, U.S. Senate, Congress, state House and Senate, Circuit Court judge and Pasco School Board. Granted, much of campaigns' visual assault has been removed, but certainly not all.

Gov.-elect Rick Scott's signs continue to dot the county and soon-to-be Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam has a presence in east Pasco. Failed congressional candidate Jim Piccillo is building name recognition in Lutz and Moon Lake; state Sen. Jim Norman hasn't gone away; and new School Board member Cynthia Armstrong and unsuccessful board candidates Karen King and John Tracy all need a lesson in tidying up. Also still around are signs for Marco Rubio, Alex Sink, Elena McCullough, Edward Liebling and Kevin Wright.

Most of the larger signs are down, though a handful remain and some have been left lying flat on the roadside. The majority of the political reminders are the so-called snipe signs, the low-to-the-ground placards favored by real estate agents and other businesses trying to snag drive-by attention.

A county ordinance requires candidates to remove the signs within 15 days of the election. State law requires a good faith effort to take down the signs within 30 days. Either way, time's up. Let's see the good faith completed.

Liebling, Tracy and Wright are particularly tardy or else unaware of their supporters' zeal in affixing signs. All three lost their electoral bids in the Aug. 24 primary and, under county rules, should have removed their signs nearly three months ago.

Local members of both major political parties shouldn't be shy about cleaning up the landscape since they helped distribute the candidates' clutter. But, more importantly, the people who told voters they wanted to serve the public can do so immediately by taking a drive around the county and picking up their leftover eyesores.

Election winners, losers should get to work, remove campaign signs 12/01/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 5:33pm]
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