Say what you want about Initiative icon Tim Eyman, he knows how to get attention. The signature gatherer - and bane of local liberals and politicians - is back in the news again with yet another eBay bobblehead auction. Mukilteo's most infamous native son is auctioning off a "Super Eyman" bobblehead, in order to raise money - and garner media attention - for I-1033, The Lower Property Taxes Initiative.
Earlier this year, we wrote about the tiff involving KOMO's in-house curmudgeon Ken Schramm who awarded a "Schrammie" to Eyman for his comments about the closure of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Eyman later sold the "Schrammie" bobblehead on eBay for $800.
The new figurine casts Eyman in a blue superhero outfit, replete with red cape, boots and outside underoos. Speaking on the phone, Eyman said, in a self-deprecatory manner, that he was stunned how accurate the model was, capturing his likeness well, including his "big nose, big mouth and the big balding spot" on his head.
"It's a way to prove conservatives have a sense of humor and liberals don't," Eyman said, adding a further tweak.
The current bid, as of this writing, is $312. A dinner date with Eyman and his posse is included for whoever is the highest bidder.
Apparently the "Super Eyman" bobblehead is manufactured by the same outfit Schramm uses to make his "Schrammies", a Kansas City, Missouri company named TheBobblehead.com. Which, of course, leads to the obvious question why Schramm isn't supporting local businesses and local companies that produce bobbleheads in this state?
According to its sponsors, I-1033 caps general fund
revenue growth by state, county and city governments to the rate of inflation and population growth. Voter approved tax levies are exempt.
The drive for I-1033 is in its final month with the deadline of July 3 for signatures to be turned in to the Secretary of State's office fast approaching. Although Eyman said he doesn't leak numbers before the signature drive is over, he is confident that the Lower Property Tax initiative will be on the ballot.
A wild card this election season has been the April 15 taxpayer protest "Tea Parties" that were held across the state nearly two months ago. If I-1033 appears on the fall ballot, Eyman credits these rallies for putting the measure across the finish line.
"The Tea Parties gave us a huge surge," Eyman said. "We're not there yet. But of all initiatives we have done, I haven't seen one that is more suited for the times. Who would have thought that we would have such phenomenol growth at federal level, with out of control bailouts? At local and state level, you have the property tax issue that has been boiling for decades."