Mayor could kill two birds with one campaign-fund stone

Josh Dawson proposes:

Mayor Menino has around $525k in his campaign account. He should use that money to pay for his name being taken off of all of these signs and banners throughout the city, and use some of the time he has left in office to sign an ordinance prohibiting any future mayor from using public property for their own name recognition purposes.

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History

Isn't it just the least bit cool to walk by a city plaque with Curley's name on it, or somesuch other luminary from the past? Not that very much with Menino's name on it today is built to last seven decades hence, but there's an element of civic timestamping that goes into many of these markers that transcends the mere marking of one's territory or ego stroking.

We are not talking plaques

We are talking signs, light poles, dog catcher vehicles and just about anything else the city owns, not a permanent brass commemorative on the side of a building or park.

I'm not holding my breath - but yes I'd like to see the mayor pay to remove all this and somebody (either him or the next person) pledge not to use city resources put their names all over everything.

As for the funds in his account - I believe the law was changed so that the politicians can't personally take/use the money if they decide to close up shop - at least on the federal level.

What does happen to money in an election fund? Assuming you can't just give it away except perhaps to another candidate or to a charity. Guessing there might be some first amendment rulings that permit that kind of redistribution? Anybody know for sure?

thought also occurred to me - what kind of memorial should he have and where. Probably expensive to do this life size - but considering he had his hands in everything and spent his days all over the city - perhaps little gnome sized brass Meninos scattered all over the city?

My favorite

Are the 6' high granite obelisks at the many entrances to Moakley Park (old Columbus Park) in South Boston. Each one has Joe Moakley's name engraved with Menino's below it carved the same size. I'm not sure which person they are honoring.
It would cost $500k to replace these alone.

Funny

Funny, I'm at a training class all week in the Financial District. And I can't help but notice all the things that have Mayor Menino's name on them... trash cans, signs on poles, lots of stuff.

And I could not help but think, wow it's going to cost the city a ton to get all this stuff changed. Even though it seems like a waste of $, its apart of doing business as the city and having such things with his name on it.

As much as I'd like to see someone else pay for the removal, it really is the city's issue, not the mayor. (they didn't have to put his name on everything....)

None of this is going to be removed

I'd be shocked if the City is going to have any of the Menino plaques removed. Although they are far fewer in number than Menino's plaques, if you walk around the city you still see these signs from past mayors on things that got installed during their terms. Over time, the trash cans and light poles etc will be replaced and the plaques will grow fewer in number and the next mayor will start plastering his name on everthing that went in during his term.

Menino's campaign fund is probably closer to $523,875

Great idea, but Menino's campaign fund is probably closer to $523,875 this week. I'm confident that his lawyers have advised him to rush back the $1125 he received from the Southie developer who, the Herald reports, benefited from the Mayor's top aide pressuring the BRA to approve a controversial development, sans the required neighborhood meeting and publishing of the developer's newest plan. I'd imagine the remaining $523,875 will be kept on hand for any future legal fees.

campaign funds, etc.

Actually, one of the things Mitt Romney did was announce he wasn't going to put his name on everything because it was a waste of taxpayer money.

Funny everyone starts happening to notice this now, not while he was has mayor for the last two decades. The fear of the Mayor must be waning.

He can do pretty much whatever he wants with the campaign funds. He 'may' decide to run for office in the future. He can give the money to local charities. He can have 'planning' meetings with his family and friends at the Ritz-Carlton, Menton, etc. for eternity. In other words, the money will be well spent and not returned. I think the Globe did an article a few years ago about ex-politicians like Jane Swift, etc. slowly drawing their accounts over the years.

It is good to be the King.

That's because

in his first days in office, one of the things the Mittster did was to order the removal of state officials names from all state highway signs like the "Massachusetts Welcomes You" ones.

He also ordered the total removal of the old "Rebuilding Massachusetts" signs at work zones that had names on them as well.

So he made two good decisions as governor. Although that still doesn't quite excuse him for ordering MassHighway to ditch their plans to remove the 128 designation south of Peabody in 2004.