For Immediate Release – October 26, 2010
Contact: Oliver Schwab, Campaign Manager
Tempe Police Report does not Bode Well for Mitchell Campaign Crime Record, Democrat Activist Charged with Criminal Damage to Schweikert Signs
(Scottsdale, AZ) In what has been a very rocky career path for Harry Mitchell and his opponent’s campaign signs, a developing story out of the Tempe Police Department this morning does not bode well for Congressman Mitchell’s record.
We all remember this:
“I did it,” said Harry Mitchell (Richard Ruelas, “Punishing a Statuesque Senator,” Arizona Republic, 2/5/10). The answer was in response to claims that Mitchell had been stealing his political opponent Gary Richardson’s campaign signs in 2000.
There was no question that Congressman Mitchell broke the law then.
Now, a police report out this morning reveals that Mitchell’s campaign appears to be up to their old tricks, yet again.
“On 10/23/10 around 0855 hours, [name withheld] committed criminal damage” says the police report (Tempe Police Department, 10/23/10, 10-163-420). The signs in question are the property of David Schweikert’s campaign. Below are images of the kind of damage that has been occurring.
“We are very disappointed to see this kind of behavior from the other side. Mitchell’s campaign team knows better,” said Oliver Schwab, Schweikert campaign manager.
“Sadly, this behavior has gone on since our primary and anyone who is interested can see this September Press Release, “The Return of the Sign Bandit” where our campaign announced concern,” continued Schwab.
“Vandalism and criminal destruction of another campaign’s property does not leave the feeling that our free speech is safe in our community,” continued Schwab. “The good news is that we caught them.”