October 30, 2010
The Robert Hurt campaign is speaking out about some missing campaign signs.
There has been a series of Robert Hurt sign swipings throughout the 5th District. The signs taken include the large 4x8-foot signs hanging on walls or pitched in the ground.
Two signs in Fluvanna County were stolen from private property, and one was damaged on Cherry Avenue in Charlottesville. Many smaller signs throughout the district have also been stolen or vandalized.
While the campaign gives these signs to whoever wants them for free, they cost $50 to produce. It's an expense the campaign could use somewhere else, but they try to replace the signs when possible.
"It sends a strong statement to whoever stole it that we're not going to be held down by this, we're just going to put up another one and stay strong for our candidate. We're not going to bow to any kind of intimidation," said Rachel Schoenewald, representative of the 5th District for the Republican Party of Virginia State Central Committee.
At this point, the campaign is out of the larger 4x8 signs and can no longer replace them.
The smaller plastic signs are also susceptible to thieves and vandals. Schoenewald's message to the thieves is to respect the Hurt campaign's First Amendment rights. She says everyone has the opportunity to say which candidate he or she supports.