A few weeks ago our friend Ellen of the Tenth was up on her self-righteous soapbox complaining about presumed Republican sign-stealers and encouraged her readers (all 20 of them) to try to snap a picture of the theft and she would post their picture if the local newspaper wouldn't. I actually figured that was not a bad idea, since I am convinced that it's the Dems, by and large, that stoop to stealing signs, at least, it's the Dems that do it on an organized basis.
That theory seems to have been proved in at least one local race, that for Lake County Board Dist. 6, where incumbent GOP candidate Larry Leafblad faces Dem challenger (and unfortunately-named) Melinda Bush, where a pair of individuals were arrested by Grayslake Police for stealing Leafblad signs.
Leafblad released the following statement today:
Grayslake Police arrested a woman from Peoria and her father on Saturday Night who were caught in the act stealing political signs placed by the Larry Leafblad campaign. Police found Leafblad’s signs in their vehicle. The couple was charged by Grayslake Police.
“This is not some prank, these are paid, Democrat Operatives from Peoria,” stated Leafblad.
A Grayslake resident phoned the authorities when he witnessed the two enter his yard.
Leafblad said no less than a hundred yard signs have disappeared in the dark of night for the last several weeks.
“This reflects directly upon Melinda Bush’s desperate attempts to win. We knew her workers were out, from the very first days we placed signs. They were being taken right from peoples’ front yards,” said Leafblad.
“My voters are loyal. Many people have called requesting signs. So, all our signs are carefully placed, with permission, in front yards around Grayslake, Gurnee and Round Lake Park. Each time by the light of dawn, most if not all signs were missing.”
Leafblad considers a yard sign a powerful endorsement. He said he was concerned that his supporters didn’t think he cared. “We have been contending with an avalanche of junk mail, robo calls, phony surveys and boiler room tactics containing outright lies and incorrect information. Stealing personal property is proof Mrs. Bush will go to any length to win.”
Leafblad plans to press additional charges and will demand an apology and restitution from the Bush campaign.
I don't have a picture to send to Ellen, but as soon as we get a mug shot of the Peoria sign-stealing duo, we'll send it over and I'm sure she'll be very anxious to post it, as she promised.