MoCo Ballot Measure Opponents Get Ahead of the News
Opponents of a Montgomery County ballot measure that would make it more difficult to raise the limit on property tax revenue are poised to send out their first mailing to voters. But at least part of the message is premature.
The "No on Question B!" campaign tells voters to join a long list of opponents, including County Executive Isiah Leggett, County Council members, unions representing teachers, police and firefighters - and The Washington Post.
The trouble is, the Post has not yet weighed in on the measure, authored by anti-tax activist Robin Ficker.
Jon Gerson of the Montgomery County Education Association said the "No on Question B!" coalition had not yet sent the post card and anticipated dropping it in the mail on Friday.
"We have been carefully holding on to the copies. It's not out there," he said. "Obviously we would not drop a piece that does not have factual information."
Even so, Ficker managed to get his hands on a copy and immediately picked up on the erroneous message.
Tom Israel, also of the teachers' union, said the coalition was taking a gamble based on the Post's long history of opposing past versions of Ficker's measures and after an informal conversation with a Post editorial writer, who did not signal how the editorial board would come down on the issue.
Mystery solved. Ficker called after our original post to say that he picked up a copy of the post card at last night's debate on the issue at Page Elementary School.
In a follow-up conversation, Gerson explained that he had just learned that his group's president Bonnie Cullison had taken a few dozen post cards with her to the debate.
"Bonnie did go ahead and give them out, and that was my error," he said.
October 29, 2008; 12:23 PM ET
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