It is not unusual for political signs to disappear during a campaign season. But what Democratic Party officials in Scioto County are reporting is an extreme case of vandalism and theft when it comes to Hillary Clinton for President signs.
“We always have a certain amount of pranking that goes on with yard signs every election cycle and we take that for granted,” Rebecca Ratliff, Democratic volunteer worker, said. “We’ve given out 500 signs here and do you see 500 signs around the county?”
Ratliff said the party has received numerous reports. One of those came Thursday afternoon from a distraught Mick Sturgill.
“I went to the Democratic headquarters and asked for a Hillary Clinton sign and they didn’t have any,” Sturgill said. “They have passed out hundreds and people are coming back in saying their signs are gone, they wanted another one and can’t get them. I don’t think there are going to be anymore signs that are sent down from Democrat headquarters in Columbus.”
Sturgill had his own experience.
“I came home and it (Hillary Clinton sign) was laying on the ground, ripped. The frame was bent and there has been no wind today,” Sturgill said. “It was there this morning when I left and when I came back, its on the ground and it’s ripped. I think it’s wrong.”
Ratliff said a friend of hers had her Hillary Clinton sign stolen and it was caught on surveillance video.
“It showed a lady coming up through her yard in the middle of the night, getting out of the passenger side of a car, taking her Clinton sign, hopping back into the car, and away they went,” Ratliff said. “It’s very hard to catch people at it. Even though my friend did have her security camera picture, you can’t get a license plate number from that.”
Ratliff said she is concerned because there may be no more coming.
“We haven’t got anymore, and to my knowledge, we’re not going to get anymore in,” Ratliff said.
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