When most Arlingtonians are happy with our current form of government, it’s awfully hard to get over 14,000 signatures to get a measure to revolutionize that government onto the ballot. Especially when the measure is backed by some very strange bedfellows — public-safety unions, the Arlington County Republican Committee & the Arlington Green Party.
But what this coalition lacks in ideological cohesion & grassroots support, it appears to be trying to make up for with large piles of money. Check out this Craigslist ad (typos in original, bolding added):
make 1000 dollars in 10 days! this is a legit opportunity (Arlington County Virgina)
Signature Masters inc is looking for signature gatherers to help us get an issue on the ballot for the voters and we are paying well. there is no experience required we do have trainers on staff to teach you. if you are interested in more details, please email resumes to email@example.com. please provide telephone contact information and be prepared to start right away and work a whole day with us. the only requirements are, you must be 18 years of age and a resident in arlington county.
* Location: Arlington County Virgina
* Compensation: 100- 125 per day
Wow, up to $15.62 an hour? Just to ask people to sign a piece of paper? In this economy? Not bad. And all you have to do is live in Arlington, Virgina!
With Arlington County’s government getting such high marks from residents & such a shady campaign to change it, it’s no wonder so many Arlingtonians are declining to sign the petition. To join Arlington Democrats in showing your support for our successful system of government, join the Coalition for Arlington Good Government.