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Obama signs becoming target of disturbing vandalism

By Mary Richards  |  Posted Oct 3rd, 2008 @ 11:03am



 

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A Barack Obama yard sign is a disturbing case of vandalism. Unfortunately, it's just one of a number of cases.

Salt Lake police say a Sugar House woman with a Barack Obama sign in her yard came home to find the sign destroyed, and phrases like "He will die" and the "N" word written on her car.

Democratic Party leader Wayne Holland says it's disturbing. "There's no doubt in my mind that it's a minuscule group, or a few radicals that can't stand competition," he said.

Party leaders say Obama signs have been burned in Logan and Ogden, tagged in Bountiful and stolen from Park City to Tooele.

"I really believe that the sign game will continue. It does bother people that the Democrats have a viable presidential campaign going on in this state," Holland said.

Republican leaders say stolen signs are common for both sides in heated races, but the vandalism is disturbing.

Salt Lake police don't have any suspects in the case of the Sugar House vandalism, so they do not know the intent of the messages to say whether it's a hate crime. They are watching for other cases and are asking for tips at 799-3000 in order to solve the case.

E-mail: mrichards@ksl.com

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