Brown offers reward for damage to campaign truck parked in Braelinn

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown is offering a $500 reward to find out who damaged a fellow commissioner’s pickup truck decked out with Brown’s campaign sign that was parked in the Braelinn shopping center this past weekend.

Brown said someone scratched the truck down both sides, though police have told him surveillance video of the parking lot doesn’t show anything conclusive during the time in question. The incident occurred over the weekend when the truck was parked near the Kroger gas pumps, Brown said.

The truck is owned by Brown’s fellow commissioner, Randy Ognio, and one of Brown’s large campaign signs was displayed in the bed of the truck.

Brown said the “criminal act” amounted to bullying others to keep them from supporting candidates.

“Criminal activity as a source of creating fear and non-participation in the political process is disgraceful and inexcusable,” Brown said.

Brown said he has suffered from vindictive acts before because of his politics, and he can take it, but he hates to see volunteers pay the price for such shenanigans.

“I can take it, but volunteers should not have to endure that stuff,” Brown said. “... If somebody can bring someone to a conviction I would gladly give them the 500 bucks because I’m just tired of this stuff.”

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Curious Parallels....

http://archive.thecitizen.com/node/758.html

By: John Munford
Peachtree City Mayor Steve Brown has reported that more than 240 of his campaign signs have been stolen or destroyed over the past three weeks.

In a press release Tuesday, Brown said some yards have had their signs stolen up to four times, and more than half of the total signs ordered have been stolen or destroyed. The campaign cannot replace the signs due to the expense and delivery turn-around time, he said.

Brown also said that his opponents’ signs were left standing in yards adjacent to his supporters who reported problems with their Brown signs.

“The people in the opposing special interest groups are so desperate to win the mayor’s race at any cost that they will destroy the personal property of others in their front yards,” Brown said in a statement, adding that he doesn’t blame teenagers for the vandalism.

Brown said his signs were targeted to affect his campaign for re-election.

“You just get really disappointed that it has come down to this point where those tactics are being deployed,” Brown told The Citizen.

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It's shameful that someone would deliberately destroy someone's property. All I can say is "show me your friends and I will show you your future".

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I know that during a previous campaign Steve Brown had all of his campaign yard signs stolen within 72 hours. Campaign signs aren't cheap by any means, and it only makes good sense to spend campaign money wisely.

I've helped put out campaign signs and it is very hard work. I know for a fact that candidates or their supporters have to ask permission before placing a sign in a yard or at a business. I can safely say that if a sign remains in one place for an entire weekend, permission was given for that sign to be there.

When Commissioner Randy Ognio campaigned for office two years ago, we wanted to place a large sign on his truck at the Hopeful Church on the corner of Hwy. 92 N. and New Hope Rd. That particular church is rarely used for services, but we made long distance calls to the pastor securing his permission to place the sign there for several days.

When I worked on Steve Brown's last campaign, he specifically instructed all of his workers to get permission before placing a sign. He was and still is very conscientious about such things.

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Honestly....

I haven't made my mind up about this particular race yet but I didn't agree with the truck parked there over the weekend. If "for sale" cars aren't allowed there, "campaign cars/trucks" shouldn't be allowed either.
Yes, it's private property and maybe permission was granted for it to be there but I highly doubt it for some reason...I also found it annoying that campaign voluteers were standing on two of the corners at Crosstown & PTC Prkwy the other evening slowing down traffic during rush hour...I wondered, what do they get out of doing that? Having nothing to do with the issues and experience of the particular candidate, it makes me seriously look at the opponent just out of principal....

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What, is mrobinson off duty today? And you live in District 3?

So you know, campaign laws are different from other local laws regarding signs and property. But, I am sure you already know that. Nice to see your comments again.

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The video did not show kids keying the truck

Well, if it were kids, they didn't show up in the video...
No. I don't think it was kids...

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The video did not show kids keying the truck

Well, if it were kids, they didn't show up in the video...
No. I don't think it was kids...

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Not sure why you put this here..

But in reality I am pretty sure..

That said, if you have a video clear enough to see it is not some 16 year olds or whatever age we want to call it, then you should have video clear enough to arrest someone...Git R Done.

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Speaking of Politico Ads, please make the robo calls stop

for the local State Senate race. I am voting for NONE of you who have called me.

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I was told that this is a felony

I think that the other two candidates for mayor should let their positions be known and also speak out on the subject. If I were running against Mr. Brown and the same thing happened, I, too, would offer a reward.

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Childish and Criminal

I dont care who is running or who you support in this case this is beyond childish, it is a criminal act. I hope the person or persons is caught and is dealt with accordingly. Whoever you are you may have convinced me that the other candidates are not worthy of my vote and have helped me in my decision.

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Who knows who did this?

Accusing one of the other candidates or their supporters is just as crazy as accusing Brown and his supporters of doing this to themselves to gain the sympathy vote.

It was probably just some crazy kids out to vandalize something...

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Not even "he" Spy"?

Try paying for 240 campaign signs and mounting them all over creation. Big thing. Then figure out that when you need them the most, you're the only candidate without signs. Too expensive to use for "woe is me" tactics. Then factor in your supporter having to deal with his vandalized truck solely because he unselfishly offered to help you campaign.

I feel that most folks just don't get the inference that all this was done to garner sympathy votes. I personally think it was goons, but their leader is still up in the air.

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I have had signs stolen since I went into business...

It sucks...it happens...apparently ALL the time to Steve. Maybe he's just unlucky.

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Surely Not, Spy!

Poor guy....allegedly gets 240 campaign signs stolen in a previous election and now this. Surely not even he would resort to being behind this just to gain sympathy votes. There's no reason to think that...is there?

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spyglass

Not accusing the candidates or their friends but one of the opposition supporters probably did this childish stunt and it reflects negatively on the others running. If this makes better since...

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Well,they claim to have video

That can show who is NOT doing this deed....I find that strange myself. If the video is that good, post it here...

You can read just as much just above....

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Too Bad

We don't have a toll bridge and shut down the booths for a few hours like they do in Jersey. That's much more original than stealing signs or vandalism.

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