When you live in a Democrat stronghold like Saint Paul, you get used to the idea that your political signs are expendable. Every single year, I put signs out on my lawn, on a modestly busy street (which is busier now that University looks like Stalingrad).
And every year, they are stolen, or destroyed, almost immediately. I think I had a sign last a week or two once. It happens to every single one of the Republican neighbors I have (who are rare, but do exist). We’ve noticed over the years how uncanny it is, that our signs – on every street, simultaneously – will get vandalized.
“It’s just kids”, say the local DFL operatives. But for whatever reason my DFLer neighbor’s Dayton/Obama/Franken/McCollum/Klobuchar/Kerry signs never got touched, even as serial waves of GOP contender signs did. Wonder why that was?
But that’s in St. Paul, a city with decades of one-party government.
Up in the Alexandria, the Republicans are more established and the Democrats are more desperate.
It says “Don’t Feed the Animals”. It’s a reference to a line from a Franson video earlier this year in which the freshman conservative rep said welfare treated people like animals. The left yanked a sentence or two out of context to make it sound like Franson was claiming welfare recipients were animals, and have spent months on a fairly unseemly heckling campaign.
Her opponent’s main campaign point, to the extent that he has one, has been trying to tie Franson to that non-statement.
It’s not isolated; the same stencil was apparently used on dozens of Franson’s signs. Whoever did this put a fair amount of effort into it.
Now, the opponent would be stupid to actively approve such a move. It’s a lot more likely that’s an overzealous campaign volunteer doing some credit work.
Seriously – stencils? That’s pretty elaborate, even for Saint Paul-level anti-GOP hate.
This is what Republicans face out there, no matter where they are.
Franson’s hoping to replace the signs, by the way – and unlike her opponent, she doesn’t have Alida Messinger pelting her with checks. If you’ve got a buck or two to peel off to help, she could use it.
In a year when all the Democrats have is chanting points and a failed president, you can expect a lot of this.