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Early destruction of Campaign signs this season brings concern and comments from Executive Satpal Sidhu and candidates.

 

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The campaign season is just underway and the vandalizing of signs has begun.  Four years ago Trump signs were seen burning on the Mt Baker Highway near the Britton road more than once. This year back in February a Trump display was burned by vandals at the Corner of Enterprise Road and Grandview.  See the Story Here.


But some observers believe that this  year the campaign practice of defacing opponent signs has risen to a different level and now seems organized by a few people who want to use the symbols and signs of protestors as their preferred way of expressing their hate speech on campaign signs.  Using “BLM” (Black Lives Matter) and “ACAB” (All Cops are Bastards) as their way of expressing disrespect for a particular Candidate.

Our concern was that a large event at Heritage Park where many BLM and ACAB signs were apparent may have supplied an impetus for this vandalism.

One of the many speakers at this event was Executive Satpal Sidhu who has campaigned frequently for an end to racism. Our question and response are recorded below.

QUESTION FROM THE FOURTH CORNER:“Rep Luanne VanWerven’s signs were defaced with racist graffiti.  We… wondered if you had a comment on this behavior especially so early in the campaign season?  Also I understand you attended the “protest” at Heritage Park in Bellingham and spoke. There were several signs at that protest backing ACAB and BLM.. Do you think your attendance and speech at this event emboldened the vandals that destroyed these signs?”

HIS ANSWER: “

Appreciate you reaching out to me to comment on the defacing of political signs of Luanne.
I will always condemn such an act. And I condemn this act as hatred. This does not belong to our community or in our nation. 
However, I do want to remind you that last year, when someone defaced my campaign signs with the N word and bullet holes, there was silence from Luanne and her GOP colleagues and bloggers.
The Heritage Park gathering was NOT a protest. It was a peaceful Rally to condemn the very actions of RACISM, Bigotry and Justice Inequalities, just what you want to write about. I wish you were there along with local GOP leaders to speak against RACISM and Justice inequalities in our nation. 
 I firmly believe, unless we get out of this mode of “me” against “them” mode and start experiencing the pain and show empathy to your fellow citizens, the American Pledge of Allegiance is not a true Pledge.”

In addition  Fourth Corner asked  42nd district candidates what their response was to this sort of activity.

Rep Luanne VanWerven 42nd Leg District (R)

Rep. Luanne VanWerven stated on her facebook page “This is so disappointing and has no place in an election. No matter what side you are on, no one should have their campaign signs defaced or destroyed. I hope we can rise above this and work together for a better community.”

 

We asked Rep Sharon Shewmake the following: “Rep Luanne VanWerven’s signs were defaced with racist graffiti.  We are going to publish soon and wondered if you had a comment on this behavior especially so early in the campaign season?”

Rep. Sharon Shewmake, D-42                            

She responded very quickly with the following response: “Nobody should be doing this. Not only is it wrong, it’s also pointless. Instead of wasting time defacing signs I’d encourage those who want to see positive change to register voters and vote themselves. It works.”

 

We also asked Candidates in the 42nd Jennifer Sefzik and Alicia Rule for their comments and received these responses:

Jennifer Sefzik Candidate 42nd Leg District Representative

Jennifer Sefzik: ”  I’ve known Luanne personally for many years and know that she cares deeply about matters of justice and individual rights.

We can all agree that people deserve a voice, however, defacing property is a crime and an unacceptable way to express a message! Please contact law enforcement if you have any leads on who did this.”

 

Alicia Rule Candidate 42nd Leg District Representative

Alicia Rule: I just gave my opponent a call to express my heartbreak and disappointment in someone’s choice to vandalize her campaign signs. She and I are in agreement that we are both committed to running strong campaigns that focus on the issues and never would condone or encourage vandalism. I hope this is the last vandalism we see in this election.” From her facebook page.

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Well said. There is an agenda on behalf of these people who are wanting to get rid of the police. It is usually the ones who do not want to live by anyone’s law or rules that are fighting for this. God help us all when our dedicated police officers who put their lives on the line every day decide to give up and walk away. We will be at the mercy of a bunch of thugs and I do not apologize for using this word in this context as it is correctly stated.

  2. Satpal Sidhu said about the Heritage Park rally, “It was a peaceful Rally to condemn the very actions of RACISM, Bigotry and Justice Inequalities . . . ” Jeez, as an Asian American, I’m tired of hearing about racists and justice inequalities and social justice. There is only one justice under the law, except for those DOJ and FBI collusionists who tried to take out Donald Trump. If not indicted, then they are above the law. As for Black Lives Matter, they are a Marxist organization preying on white guilt. They want to disband the police and, in some cases, kill police. One member wanted an armed militia to fight cops. If we have no police, then we will live under a thugocracy–those with the most and biggest guns win.

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