I received an email from Russ Swatek late Friday. It wasn’t exactly a personal note; it didn’t even have a greeting. It simply started with “Taxpayers Against Giveaways” and went on to explain that “TAG is helping the citizens of Howard County get a responsible plan to revitalize downtown Columbia without massive burdens on taxpayers and on downtown roads and interchanges.”
The email goes to promote a DIY approach to supporting their anti Town Center agenda:
“Latest News: It is now possible for those who want to sign the petition to Referendum of Council Bill 59-2009 to:
1. Print the Petition to Referendum form yourself.
2. Sign the form (you can be your own witness).
3. Optionally solicit the signatures of family, friends and neighbors. Registered voter data is available for your street or neighborhood so you know how many voters are at each address and their registered names.
4. U.S. Mail the signed form back to TAG.”
I am guessing from this email that TAG is a little under the gun to get the first batch of qualified signatures in before the deadline. Why else would they be emailing this to me?
I suspect it was sent to every email address they could muster up. It’s a Hail Mary pass to the end zone.