‘Elect Butts’: Can­di­date in Wake County says fake signs ‘un­ac­cept­able’

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Stay Connected - BY ANNA JOHN­SON ajohn­son@new­sob­server.com Anna John­son; 919- 829- 4807; @an­na_m_john­son

Fake cam­paign signs have popped up around parts of Wake County, grab­bing at­ten­tion from some lo­cal can­di­dates.

Two dif­fer­ent signs have been spot­ted in north Raleigh along Six Forks Road, in­clud­ing near the Op­ti­mist Com­mu­nity Cen­ter early vot­ing lo­ca­tion.

One says “Elect Butts. What do you have to lose?” and “A tootin good choice.”

An­other says “These signs are dumb” with blue stars on it.

Kim Co­ley, a Repub­li­can can­di­date for the Wake County Com­mis­sioner Dis­trict 4 seat, tweeted out a photo of one of the signs near her cam­paign sign and called it “un­ac­cept­able.”

“I have the re­spon­si­bil­ity of fol­low­ing the law,” she tweeted. “Are un­named bul­lies ha­rass­ing can­di­dates okay?”

She sent the tweet be­cause she thought her signs were be­ing tar­geted, but she said she has since seen them next to other can­di­dates’ signs.

“It’s hard not to take it per­sonal when there weren’t any other can­di­date signs around,” she said. The first-time candi- date said cam­paign signs are a big part of how she’s get­ting her name out to the greater com­mu­nity.

Wake County Com­mis­sioner Greg Ford, a Demo­crat run­ning to keep his Dis­trict 6 seat, tweeted that he and his fam­ily ranked the “these signs are dumb” sign as the “best in show” on their way home from the fair this past week­end.

“’Tis the sea­son for can­di­date yard signs,” he tweeted. “Yes, our cam­paign has placed plenty of them as well. But af­ter see­ing 100s on the way home from the NC State Fair to­day, our fam­ily de­clared this sign ‘Best in Show.’ ”

Elec­tion signs of a cer­tain size must state who is pay­ing for them. The fake signs don’t have to fol­low those rules. But they are still pro­hib­ited from be­ing in the no-cam­paign­ing area at early vot­ing sites, said Wake County Elec­tion Di­rec­tor Gary Sims.

They don’t fall within the Wake County Elec­tions Of­fice ju­ris­dic­tion but could be in vi­o­la­tion of Raleigh’s sign or­di­nance, he said. Sims doesn’t know who put the signs up and hasn’t re­ceived any com­plaints about them.

“This is the first time we’ve seen any­thing like this,” he said. “We don’t know if it’s a po­lit­i­cal thing, a mar­ket­ing cam­paign by some­one or a per­sonal thing.”

There’s no record of some­one with the last name Butts run­ning for an of­fice in Wake County.

ANNA JOHN­SON ajohn­son@new­sob­server.com

“Elect Butts” cam­paign signs have ap­peared in Wake County, in­clud­ing this one at the in­ter­sec­tion of Lynn Road and Six Forks Road in Raleigh.

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