Washington County campaign notes

October 06, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Disappearing signs

In politics, just like in baseball, stealing signs is seen as out of bounds.

Theft and vandalism have been happening lately in Washington County, people with the two major political parties said last week.

Liz Jones, chairwoman of the Washington County for John McCain Campaign, said she knew of one large McCain sign set on fire, one stolen and one slashed to pieces.

Those were 4-by-8-foot signs that cost $18 apiece, she said.

Lawn signs, which cost $1.15 each, also were being stolen, said Jones, treasurer of the Washington County Republican Club.

Patricia Heck, chairwoman of the Washington County Democratic Central Committee, said she heard of three Democratic campaign signs being taken in South County within the prior week.

Neither party suspected the other and neither filed a police report.

Still, Jones and Heck expressed frustration about vandalism and theft that seem to spring up every election season.

Both parties are getting more requests for signs than usual because of interest in the presidential race between McCain and Democrat Barack Obama.


Jones said the Republicans have given out 2,100 lawn signs in four weeks and ordered 1,000 more.

They've also ordered 110 of the 4-by-8-foot signs.

"We're almost tapped out of funds," Jones said.

Heck said Thursday that Democrats had given out 1,050 Obama lawn signs and have orders for more, compared to 281 the party gave out during John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign.

Requests for Obama bumper stickers are equally strong.

"We've never seen anything like this," Heck said.

The 4-by-8-foot Obama signs have been tougher to come by, though. Heck said she expects Maryland's Democrats to get 100 and Washington County to get eight of them.

Expanding hours

New pledges of volunteer help have allowed Washington County's Republican campaign headquarters at 1561 Potomac Ave. in Long Meadow Shopping Center, near Port City Java, to stay open longer.

The Republicans have added Wednesday as a fourth day of the week for the office to be open.

The newest schedule of hours is: Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Liz Jones, treasurer of the Washington County Republican Club, said additional hours might be added.

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