Campaign Sign Silly-Season Well Under Way Around Phoenix
Campaign signs are the absolute worst -- any claims made on them are typically irrelevant or false to a certain extent, and nobody wants the signs littering their neighborhood.
Even worse, the signs seem to turn politicians and their staffers into juvenile delinquents every single election cycle, with sign theft and vandalism running rampant. This election is no exception.
Take the race for the Republican nomination for state treasurer, for example.
It's been pointed out that former Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman's signs -- claiming Hallman's intent to "balance Arizona's budget" -- are somewhat irrelevant, since the Legislature is in charge of making the budget.
Now, one of Hallman's opponents, Jeff DeWit, claims Hallman has been using those signs to conceal his signs, like so:
Hallman released the subsequent statement raising the possibility that the photos were staged:
"Why would we take the risk of embarrassing our campaign to block one or two out of the thousands of road signs currently positioned by all candidates statewide?
"Our campaign can also produce photos showing Hallman signs that have been blocked by DeWit signs, taken down and/or tampered with. But we're not going to accuse a grown man running for office of being behind teenage shenanigans. Candidates running in an important statewide race should have more important things to worry about."
DeWit countered with a video showing Hallman apparently removing one of his own signs from the Hallman sign sandwich, although the editing of the video makes it seem like Hallman was placing the signs:
A representative for Hallman confirmed he was removing the sign in the video clip above. Actually, we have the audio of a voicemail left at Hallman campaign headquarters, complaining about the Hallman signs. When Hallman and a volunteer immediately go to remove the signs, the Hallman rep points out there's "miraculously" someone there to take a video of Hallman removing the sign.
Despite this, DeWit has accused Hallman of committing a "criminal act" by fiddling with campaign signs -- despite no evidence that he's done so -- which brings us to our next case of campaign-sign shenanigans.
The Arizona Capitol Times reported this week that Republican state Representative Bob Robson was cited by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for tampering with campaign signs.
Those who live in Chandler undoubtedly have seen signs in the shape of arrows claiming, "Voted for Obamacare," and pointed at Robson's own signs. (We'll have to point out the factual inaccuracy here: Obamacare is a federal law, passed by the U.S. Congress. Robson's a state legislator who voted for Medicaid expansion in Arizona.)
The legislative district's precinct committeeman describes in a written account how a "stakeout man" allegedly caught Robson as the "wheel man" while an accomplice hopped out and picked up the Obamacare signs.
They figure Robson was driving because of the truck's license plate, which says, um, "ROBSON."
Lastly, as we reported earlier this week, a group of Tonopah residents are suing Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman over his campaign signs, alleging he's using the Hickman's Family Farm logo to promote his campaign.
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