Campaigns Signs Vandalized In Heated Race For Congress

Campaigns Signs Vandalized In Heated Race For Congress

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It's the time of year where political signs can be seen everywhere -- and they've become a target.

Supporters of Republican congressional incumbent Elise Stefanik say someone's taking dead aim at theirs.

“They just decided to go crazy on it," St. Lawrence County Republican chair Tom Jenison said, while looking at a Stefanik sign in front of his business, "and with the stains and stuff like this, you know, if nothing else, that certainly looks like a footprint right there.”

Someone tried to write “impeach” on another sign, that one in front of Jenison's home. 

The Stefanik campaign says it's experiencing widespread theft of its signs and that there is “no excuse for this kind of behavior and it should be condemned by every candidate.”

Many thought this would be a sleepy congressional race. It's proving to be anything but.

When contacted Tuesday, Democratic challenger Tedra Cobb's campaign spokesman immediately said “welcome to the club.”

“We get calls all the time of our signs being spray painted, graffiti being put on them," Cobb spokesman Brian Phillips said, "but we've gotten used to it.”

Phillips said the Cobb campaign doesn't condone damaging anyone's signs.

“We wouldn't even need to damage Elise Stefanik's signs," he said. "Her voting record is damaging enough.”

With Election Day a month away, there's likely to be more of that. The New York 21 race is not expected to get any nicer in that time.

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