Steve Rubin is running for state representative.
You probably already know that from his ubiquitous lawn signs.
His — and every other candidate’s — placards are seen by some as the political version of Canada geese. (Or, perhaps, Canada geese droppings.)
Steve knows it. Here’s an email he just sent “06880”:
Each year (twice a year for primaries) we are lucky to hold free elections. We value our free speech, as granted under our Constitution.
For over 25 years in Westport I have observed something very special before Election Day: lawn signs. Yes, those ugly signs that clutter islands on our public roads, recreation areas and any open space where candidates think some name recognition will magically appear. Name recognition is earned over years of service, and not from signs. Signs do not vote.
Being a Westport candidate since 1993 and running for re-election every 2 years, I know these signs are troublesome, expensive and not appreciated by many. Now, as a candidate for state representative, I am experiencing first hand and all over town a Westport phenomenon: inevitably the signs are down. They get stolen, get torn up, thrown on the ground and somehow disappear. All the money spent and work done goes down the drain. Rights are abused.
Now, many feel that campaign phone calls and knocking on doors may be annoying and an intrusion of privacy. Some feel that letters to the editor are just a sham orchestrated by the candidate; others believe this is an American tradition used to get out the vote. Mail advertising is lucky to be looked at before resting in the garbage. What’s so bad? If you don’t like it you may hang up, say no or simply ignore it all. It only lasts for a few weeks. In the scheme of things it is all not so terrible. I believe the endless TV commercials for big elections are much worse.
Another bad situation occurs between candidates. “They took my sign down,” one says against the other. It’s not worth the fight or accusation. I prefer taking the high road. If any opponent in any race agrees not to use signs I would agree that I wouldn’t either. But if one does, the other is forced to do the same.
Thank you, and please vote on August 10.