Van­dals strik­ing Trump signs through­out county

Repub­li­can Cen­tral Com­mit­tee happy with sign de­mand, though

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­ Twit­ter: @An­drew_IndyNews

All over the county, Don­ald Trump cam­paign signs are be­ing van­dal­ized or stolen, ac­cord­ing to the Charles County Repub­li­can Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, and they want it to stop. On Wed­nes­day, they re­ported the prob­lem to the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

“We’ve given out over 1,450 signs,” said Bill Dot­son, chair­man of the county Repub­li­can cen­tral com­mit­tee. “If you go through Charles or St. Mary’s, we’ve pretty much plas­tered South­ern Mary­land with the yard signs.”

“Eight four-by-eight signs have been spray-painted, and we’re es­ti­mat­ing at least 400 of the yard signs have been stolen,” he said, adding that he has seen many of the same peo­ple are re­turn­ing to the of­fice in White Plains af­ter a week or two to get re­place­ments.

An in­stalled four-by-eight sign costs about $100, Dot­son ex­plained, and now that sev­eral have had pro­fan­ity and graf­fiti spray painted on them, they are frus­trated about not be­ing able to spread more signs due to the lim­ited num­ber in stock.

“I just don’t think peo­ple re­al­ize that it’s not a gag, it’s a fed­eral of­fense,” Dot­son con­tin­ued. “… Whether you sup­port Hil­lary [Clin­ton] or Trump, Kathy [Szeliga] or [Chris] Van Hollen, this is Amer­ica. You re­spect peo­ple’s signs.”

Dot­son said he even wit­nessed a group of young adults pull their car over and steal three Trump signs that stood in front of the com­mit­tee’s of­fice.

Though, de­spite the thefts and van­dal­ism, he is pleased with the high de­mand for the signs.

“The pos­i­tive side is the fact that we’ve had over 1,400 signs given out. The re­sponse to the cam­paign head­quar­ters has been over­whelm­ing,” Dot­son said. “They’re com­ing in, they want the signs. It was al­most hys­te­ria at the fair last month … it was like we were giv­ing away free va­ca­tion tick­ets.”


Bill Dot­son, chair­man of the Charles County Repub­li­can Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, shows Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Pfc. J. Alpert a few of the spray painted signs.

A sher­iff’s of­fice deputy re­sponded to the of­fice of the Charles County Repub­li­can Cen­tral Com­mit­tee on Wed­nes­day to doc­u­ment the re­ported thefts and van­dal­ism of Don­ald Trump cam­paign signs in the area.

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