UPDATE 10:41 p.m.: On the drive into Bedford, Republican and Democratic campaign signs can be seen along Route 460.
Political divide seems to have turned to vandalism, as several of the Republican signs have taken on spray-painted messages, not kind ones at that.
“At first, I thought ‘maybe it’s a reflection of the sun’ or something like that. To see that it was just totally… It has curse words on it,” said Bedford County resident Lisa Rice.
Lisa Rice and her husband discovered the vandalism on their Farmers for Trump sign two days ago.
It’s disappointing to Rice that this kind of behavior is in Bedford County.
“We have free speech, and it’s private property,” Rice said. “We have every right to be able to put a sign on our property.”
“Bedford is a small community,” said Tim Griffin, Chairman for Bedford Republicans. “All the Democrats I know, we get along, and I think most of the Democrats respect most of the Republicans. That’s why it’s so wrong that there’s some kind of culture arising in our country, where even in the rural areas, where small communities get along, you’re seeing this kind of opposition.”
Democratic Congressional Candidate Doctor Cameron Webb says in a statement:
“Theft and vandalism of political signs has no place in our politics. It is unacceptable and we must find ways to engage with our fellow citizens civilly, especially when we disagree. This is a time where we need unity and we must all rise to that standard.”Official Statement from Democratic Congressional Candidate Dr. Cameron Webb
Griffin is urging county Republicans to respond to this by going to the polls early, which is what Rice did today.
“I’ve encouraged other people to do it early, called some of my family members and friends,” said Rice.
UPDATE 5:45 p.m.: Bedford’s Police Chief Todd Foreman says that they have only had one report of one sign being vandalized and urges citizens to report any vandalism in the town limits to the Bedford Police Department.
They currently have not identified anyone as a suspect. Chief Foreman says that the person(s) involved would face a misdemeanor charge of vandalism.
Also, a representative for Fifth District Congressional Candidate Bob Good has issued a statement regarding the alleged vandalism of Republican campaign signs in Bedford.
“Our campaign does not condone vandalism of any campaign signs or other expressions of candidate support. Private property owners authorize the use of their property in support of a candidate or cause and it is important that their rights be protected and respected. The Good for Congress campaign encourages individuals to respect those property owners and our campaign materials.”Official statement from Bob Good for Congress campaign
BEDFORD, Va. (WFXR) — The Bedford County Republican Party said two signs supporting its candidates were vandalized on Friday night.
The signs — for fifth district congressional candidate Bob Good and President Donald Trump — were spray painted with a pink circle with a line through it signifying a lack of support for both candidates.
The Bedford County Republican Party said the incident happened at its headquarters on Moneta Road in Bedford. It asks anyone with information to contact Bedford Police.
WFXR News has reached out to Good, his Democratic opponent Dr. Cameron Webb, and Bedford Police Chief Tom Foreman for comment. We will update this story as it develops.
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