Monday, December 6, 2010

Va. 5th District Race - #2452 - "KILL" Spray Painted on Robert Hurt Campaign Sign - Newsplex

The 5th District Congressional election may be over, but political signs still linger in Central Virginia. One Robert Hurt sign - displayed outside a residence on Auburn Hill Farm in Albemarle County - now bears the word "KILL" in big, black letters.  The word appears to have been spray-painted over Hurt's name on the campaign sign. The homeowner, Steven Peters, says the vandalism happened sometime Saturday night and says he has contacted the FBI and Albemarle County Police.  "I hope that with people stepping forward, we can determine who did this because we're all at risk," said Peters.  FBI investigators will be picking up the sign Tuesday to investigate where the possible threat may have originated and to determine whether it poses a safety concern for the Congressman-elect.  The sign's removal, however, will not end Peters' support of Robert Hurt. The homeowner plans on replacing the campaign sign because he says the vandalism is also an attack on free speech.  "When people take away our free speech rights, when they try to shut us down from expressing our political opinions, that's dangerous for everybody. On the right and the left," said Peters.  Peters added that other signs were taken and even burned during the contested 5th District race. CBS19 has contacted Congressman-elect Robert Hurt's office to see if they have any comment on this incident. We are still waiting for their reply.

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