Albany City Council Election Flyer: Abbott, Barnes, Thomsen

A "BAT" door hanger for "Barnes, Abbott, Thomsen" hit some Albany homes Saturday. What do you think of it?

Albany Patch Election Guide

On the issues

Albany Little League
Affiliations and Endorsements
Bicycling and Walking
Budget Crisis
Business Development
Future of Waterfront
Gill Tract
Half-Cent Sales Tax
Public Safety
Representing the Community
Safety on the Roads
Waterfront Development



Tod Abbott 
Michael Barnes 
Peter Maass 
Ulan McKnight
Nick Pilch 
Sheri Spellwoman
Peggy Thomsen

Michael Barnes November 04, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Let me be the first to say that the bat kinda looks like a milk bottle. But I like it anyway. It saves paper because it's small and three candidates share the same space. Plus you don't have to stoop over to grab it.
Dept. of Misinformation November 04, 2012 at 05:01 AM
ahha, clever. If we are voting based on acronyms, I'm going with PMS: Pilch, Maass and Spellwoman. On Nov. 6 vote pre menstrual syndrome for Albany City Council and be done with all the whining. And remember, nobody wants a bat, they're too stiff and they break things.
rex higginbotham November 04, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Unlike dept of misinformation I will use my real name. What I don't understand in all the literature is why no one talks about the coming fiscal problems we may have if the Sales Tax doesn't pass. We are projected to have a slight deficit next year and a big deficit the year after. But if we didn't have a $600,000 party for determining what might happen to the race track's land, and a $125,000 for the non existent owl, and the $ 60,000 for the Nick Pilch law suit, and the $ 18,000 we spent on police overtime for Occupy Albany then we wouldn't have a budget problem. How many of the candidates would support those expenditures.
Tatter Salad November 04, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Michael, I liked that on the flip side, you reversed the order; Peggy's quiet (here), but she carry's a big vote'. So that's TAB! " -Something to pick-up. " The yellow on your signs faded fast! But they remain highly legible.
Tod Abbott November 04, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Yeah, Michael and I used the same local, green-certified printer who uses soy-based ink -- and they didn't stand up to the weather as well as the coated signs of the other candidates. Turns out the snails like the ink too, which you may have noticed on signs that touch bushes.
Senior A. Titude November 04, 2012 at 06:29 PM
+2: local and soy-based.
Michael Barnes November 04, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Tod and I have totally wrapped up the snail vote in this town.
Peggy McQuaid November 04, 2012 at 08:36 PM
But, as every baseball fan knows, in the right hands bats can do wonderous and exciting things
Brian Parsley November 04, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Sheri's signs are holding up very well. Of course she had them made in Tampa, Fl over 2900 miles from Albany. Not very local and it's an awfully big carbon footprint.
Tatter Salad November 04, 2012 at 10:31 PM
What what?! You're saying that her statements regarding "promote local renewable energy and conservation" and make Albany a "model Eco-City" is something the PUBLIC is suppose to do? Other than 'Bolt-Cutter Diplomacy', we don't have any track-record for her or McKnutt; so I guess we have to stick with her promise to be "accessible and accountable." She wants to "Support low-income families." Heck, I just want to see a dumpster dropped off out at the end of the Bulb for the homeless to use; - the City can't even afford that!
Suzanne Stroh November 05, 2012 at 01:45 AM
I agree that it looks like a milk bottle, but there's nothing wrong with that! I've decided to leave it on my door, so passersby will see that this is yet another Albanian family for the "BAT" candidates.
Steven Steve November 05, 2012 at 02:12 AM
I am a little disappointed. I find the ploy semi-high schoolish, clickish and in bad taste. I just hope none of them start wearing their old AHS jackets, ala Javendal. We were all upset at the idea we had block voting occurring before...but are we okay with block voting? Really neighbors...really? I think Tod could easily stand on his own in this election, as should the other candidates; though I understand the strategy. Tod, you really have the IQ and personality to lead, but why work harder than you have to, right?
Tatter Salad November 05, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Steven Steve- For the past 30-years that I recall, there's been last minute 'packages' just before election day. Some things have changed markedly however; now, 1/3 of us have already filled out their ballots! I got THREE issues of the same smiling-face (with political yada yada) from one (two, counting her flip-side) of those running, -and my wife was beginning to wonder. Tatter Tate
Steven Steve November 05, 2012 at 03:45 AM
@ Tatter Totter ;) yes, yes...and the pandering to the eco friendliness is ironic...seeing as how if they did not do it at all there would be EVEN no carbon footprint. But obvious points aside, it is still incredibly disappointing to see the garbage...not to mention what bologna is printed upon the garbage (or recyclable depending on your preference). Also, the team up tactic...so sad...especially as we all like to say how Albany is so different from those other cities. But as I stated before, why work harder than you actually have to...
Tod Abbott November 05, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I just wanted to respond to the "pandering" comment. This is the same printer I've been using for years for Chamber of Horrors (oops, "Commerce") printing needs. It's not correct to suggest that we selected this printer specifically to appeal to environmentally minded voters.
Steven Steve November 05, 2012 at 04:50 PM
@Tod - Though mentioning the greenishness of the printer is pandering. Tod, I truly wish you had decided to stand on your own in this election many more of us would have voted for you. But your opening moves to secure the vote have lead me to believe additional lack-luster performance and maintanence of the status quo will be your bread and butter. I have heard it said of many with talent who choose the route you have chosen, "The leading of people to a better life is harder than letting the people root in their own slop and accepting their adulation." The former is legendary, the later momentary and replaceable. Sad Tod, very sad...quite a waste of your talents. I had hoped there was more character within you to lead versus just follow.
Robert Marshall November 07, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Ha! I was just going to post the same thing Michael! But, how many people in Albany still remember home milk delivery in glass bottles from the Golden Jersey Dairy?
Al Streit November 07, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Milk bottle??? Really??? No way! I know a bowling pin when I see one!


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