Former Governor Eliot Spitzer announced his run for Comptroller just four days before the filling deadline.
Which means client number nine gave himself just four days to collect 3,750 signatures.
A tough task for sure, but with Spitzer paying $100 an hour to collect those signatures people like Jean Shon were willing to try.
“Definitely the most I’ve made hourly,” said Shon.
Shon and several other impromptu petitioners surrounded Union Square Wednesday as they try to beat the clock.
Adding to the excitement, all signees must meet certain qualifications to count. They must be Democrats, registered in New York, who have not signed for another Comptroller candidate.
And after being rejected or ignored so many times, Shon collecting petitions can get painful.
“Even like my back hurts from standing like this for a couple of hours and then it’s hot and you’re just standing, yelling at strangers, so it’s not that fun.”
But for 100-bucks an hour, at a time when minimum wage is just 7-and-a-quarter, she says it’s hard to turn down.
So exactly how much is $800 per day? Well over the course of the year it works out to $208,000 before taxes. That’s an annual salary that would be right up there with an anesthesiologist or an oral surgeon. But I guess that one kind of makes sense because getting people to sign the petition is kind of like pulling teeth.
But since a signature only promises a spot on the ballot come Election Day, many seemed willing to sign now and have their final say at the voter booth.
And regardless who the signees eventually vote for, the petitioners still get paid.