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Whose Headquarters Is This?
by Staff | Sep 18, 2013 10:07 am
Posted to: Whalley, Campaign 2013
This Whalley Avenue building is the headquarters of:
a) Toni Harp’s mayoral campaign.
b) Wells Fargo’s Northeast operations.
c) Justin Elicker’s mayoral campaign.
To find the correct answer, grab a magnifying glass. Move it to the bottom right-hand corner of the photo.
There you’ll find the “Elicker” sign. It appears over the door to a stairwell that goes to the second floor.
There, in the back of the second floor, a suite of offices serves as the headquarters for Elicker’s Democratic-turned-independent campaign for mayor.
For all the activity going on inside, the marketing opportunity of a prime corner—at Whalley and Norton—is lost to a sea of Harp signs facing both streets from the second floor.
They appear in the windows of Outreach Realty, a company owned by Roberta Hoskie, who supports Harp’s campaign.
The first floor is a Wells Fargo branch office.
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And yet Justin still will embarrass them.
who sent this in please. Full disclosure would be nice.
I believe you mean move the magnifying glass to the bottom right corner of the photo, not of the story.
Sign’s don’t vote. Neither do out-of-town contractors and special interests.
Signs don’t vote. Henry’s signs covered Fair Haven and it didn’t help him. This is consistent with Justin’s style: cool calm and collected. No need to paper the city with your signs, even at HQ. Just fiercely, diligently fight for what’s right for New Haven.
Roberta Hoskey is actually in a picture behind harp in the article “I DON’T THINK HE HAS TO ANSWER” with the black dress on
Was wondering about the lack of lights/activity in that space….to quote Fat Albert, “Jason Barlett’s just like summer vacation…no class.”
Fortunitly for Sen. Harp’s suporters, Justin is not vindictive.
Better than Harp’s main location - closer to the city center, and with plenty of free parking.
It’s the best that money that actually comes from New Haven residents, unlike Harp’s, can buy.
This is very symbolic. Those signs were paid for by out of town special interest groups who bankroll the Harp campaign. Of course she can afford more signs than Elicker.
When you see Harp signs plastered all over the city, and you receive 5 times more mail from Harp, keep that in mind. Elicker doesn’t take more than $370 from any group, business, or individual. Harp got a $30,000 donation 3 days before the Primary from an out of town PAC. And $9,000 last week from a local doctors office that does business with the city.
What are you more impressed by: A candidate that can afford to print 10,000 signs because they accept large donations from special interest groups? Or a candidate that has only 1,000 signs because they participate in public financing in an effort to make a cleaner government?
I count 22 signs in this one business. Keep in mind what the signs represent.
All very well, but Justin still needs a heck of a lot more visibility and credibility outside the more upscale enclaves of the city if he is going to come anywhere near winning.
Campaigning is essentially marketing. It doesn’t matter a hoot if you have the best product, if people haven’t heard of it or can’t imagine themselves buying it.
Justin needs a corps of volunteers who look at least something like the people whose doorbells they would be ringing over the next six weeks, and he needs them to work their butts off.
Is there any evidence he has such a resource? Because without it he doesn’t stand a chance.
Great little story! I know several folks who chuckled at this juxtaposition during the primary.
As a side note, I wonder if NHI would look into the laws of landlords and tenants regarding political signs. Where can signs be placed and by whom? Can the Harp campaign and Renaissance Management post signs for Harp in their courtyards regardless of tenant preferences? In a tenant’s window? In a stairwell? In my public park? I suspect the answer is yes with regards to her family company’s common areas but no in the case of a tenant window or a public park, but I don’t know.
Some of you guys take every little thing way to seriously, this is in fact a pretty funny picture. You can support Elicker and still find ironic humor in this.
A landlord can obligate a tenant by lease agreement not to post signs on the property or in the windows of the tenant space. If that contractual obligation doesn’t exist, I don’t see why you wouldn’t be able to post political signs. The landlord, as owner of the property, can post whatever he or she wants in the non-tenant space.
Outreach Realty and Roberta Hoskie has a contract with the Housing Authority to sell its units. Housing Authority’s KDW supports Harp. Therefore…
@Madcap, even as a Justin supporter I admit I thought it was funny. I meant to add that to my post above. At least now when Justin asks people to meet him at headquarters, he has a landmark for people to look for.
My point about who pays for the signs still stands : )
@Scot, Please. The NHI just did a breakdown that showed Elicker took in more money per vote than Harp. It’s one thing to criticize percentage of in-town vs. out-of-town contributions, it’s another thing to make this out to be like it’s Rich Harp vs. Poor Elicker. The wealthiest neighborhoods in the city are lined with Elicker signs, and he’s received a great deal of press here on the NHI for the upscale meet & greets residents of East Rock & Prospect Hill put on for him.
Each candidate has an average contribution size that’s indicates the wealth of their supporters. Harp’s avg is $423, Elicker’s avg is $117.
“Money per vote” is coincidental.
@Steve, are we reading the same NHI?
“In July and August, Harp raised $173,982, more than twice as much as the next closest candidate, Fernandez, who raised $86,304. Elicker raised $29,254. Carolina raised $5,260”
That doesn’t include the $30,000 she got from a DC based special interest just before the Primary:
The two Elicker meet and greets were with people who are actually residents and taxpayers of New Haven. In fact most were probably his constituents from the ward he represents as alderman. As you mentioned, at least his money is coming from people who live in the city.
According to the city tax collector the building is owned by HWA Realty of Norwalk, CT.
HWA rents space to both Elicker and Outreach Realty/Roberta Hoskie. I had the opportunity to visit the site and I can verify that Elicker signs exist on the front door, two in windows next to the rear firescape and multiple signs in the second floor far left windows which are not shown in this header.
Photo. I counted an equal number of overall signs.
If Hoskie were removing Elicker signs and replacing them with Harp signs, now that would be a worthy news story.
So relax Elicker-treckies, don’t get your blood pressure up over signs wars which do not exist.