City Councilor Debbie O'Malley dropped out of the Mayor's race today because she couldn't collect enough of the required 3500 $5 contributions from city voters. I have said before in this blog that it would be very difficult for anyone to get those contributions and I guess this is proving me right so far. I see from the totals that the other candidates are all having problems too. They have only two weeks left to get them and from the totals I have seen none of them are very close. Except for the Mayor who was able to 'influence' union members, city employees and others out on the streets. The only other way to get on the ballot is to get 6500 signatures without the $5 contribution. That means you need to get 8000 or so to be safe. That is more than you need for statewide office. If you go that route you wont get any public financing.
It is incredibly hard to get someone to just sign a nominating petition. Pile on top a $5 'fee' and it gets into the realm of impossible. Unless of course your volunteers illegally put in the $5 themselves. Is anyone checking on this?
We could end up with very few in this Mayor's race.