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Oh, for Pete's sake! Supporters say vandals are sabotaging Pete Buttigieg campaign signs in Mountain View

 
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With just weeks to go before the March primary in California, local supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg say their campaign signs are under siege.

A total of eight signs have reportedly been either removed or sabotaged after only two weeks of being placed in areas throughout Mountain View, sparking frustration from residents campaigning on behalf of the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Other signs have apparently been spared from the spree of vandalism, including those for other Democrats vying to win the 2020 primary.

Removing or defacing campaign signs is unlawful and a misdemeanor offense.

Leslie Murdoch, a Mountain View resident, said he and others have been working to replace all the missing signs, and that the group of supporters "will not be intimidated" by the thefts. He said it's unclear why signs supporting Buttigieg are being targeted, but he wondered whether it had to do with the candidate's sexual orientation.

"In such a progressive area it is unfortunate that people are afraid of free speech and appear intimated by a simple sign," Murdoch said.

The affected signs, seven of which were stolen and another bent over and covered with tape, were all in designated public areas near busy intersections that are typically filled with colorful campaign signs during election season. Signs that were reportedly removed were all located in the southern half of the city, including ones at the intersections of Grant Road and Cuesta Drive; El Camino Real and Phyllis Avenue; Marilyn Drive and Miramonte Avenue; and Cuesta Park Annex.

Signs were also placed on highway entrances for Highway 85 from El Camino Real and Highway 237 from Sylvan Avenue, which is public property owned by Caltrans.

Murdoch said he contacted the Mountain View Police Department, which took the report, but hasn't heard back. He said he also followed Caltrans protocol for placing the signs at highway intersections, and confirmed with officials at the agency that they did not remove the signs by accident. Signs that have been replaced are still there as of this week.

Police spokeswoman Katie Nelson confirmed that the incidents were reported to police on Feb. 10, but that investigators don't have much in the way of information. There is no suspect description, nor do officers know the precise locations, dates or times in which the signs were vandalized.

Campaign vandalism occasionally crops up in local political races in Mountain View, including the destruction of a campaign sign supporting former councilwoman Pat Showalter in 2014 and, in 2018, the late community activist Job Lopez pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of spray-painting a campaign sign for former Councilman John Inks.

But with the Democratic primary heating up and no council race until November, the attention has turned to national races.

Murdoch said he believes there is considerable support locally for Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and that entrepreneur Andrew Yang was also popular in Mountain View and surrounding cities until he dropped out. None of the other candidates in the crowded field appear to have much of a local presence, he said.

Buttigieg was the leading candidate in Iowa and exceeded expectations based on previous polling results, carrying 26.2% of the vote and winning 13 delegates. He trailed closely behind Sanders in New Hampshire, winning 24.4% of the vote and receiving nine of the state's 24 delegates. Murdoch said he believes voters are attracted to Buttigieg's "reasoned policies" and demeanor, and has a strong chance of winning the popular vote in a general election.

"This election is all about winning some of those critical battleground states as all of today's Democratic candidates can win the popular vote," he said. "My wife and I selected Pete as we believe he can win those battleground states as he has unique and resonating attributes of being from a red state, a veteran and deeply religious."

California's primary is being held on March 3, the same day as 13 other states across the country. Known as Super Tuesday, the combined results from the 14 primaries will award more than one-third of the entire country's pledged delegates to candidates, and will heavily influence the outcome of the primary.

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Comments

19 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Feb 19, 2020 at 1:01 pm

If Buttigieg wins, will he revoke Rush Limbaugh's Medal of Freedom?


11 people like this
Posted by I like Pete
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Feb 19, 2020 at 1:31 pm

I like how he speaks to the issues, not just poking the other side with childish petty insults.
It's refreshing.


12 people like this
Posted by Otto_Maddox
a resident of Monta Loma
on Feb 19, 2020 at 2:49 pm

It's probably Sanders supporters. If you think the problem is just "the other side" you're kidding yourself.


16 people like this
Posted by Refreshing indeed
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Feb 19, 2020 at 3:04 pm

Similarly to what I Like Pete said, he also is not a finger pointer. Seems all anyone is capable of doing is pointing blame. You see it here as well.


28 people like this
Posted by Frank
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 19, 2020 at 3:20 pm

Why don't we have a story about all the vandalism of Trump signs? They barely stay up for two days before they're removed!


9 people like this
Posted by Pete 2020!
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Feb 19, 2020 at 3:21 pm

Loved Pete's responses on CNN Nevada Town Hall (Feb 18) to r questions, on Bloomberg, Limbagh's homophobic insults, Religion and more. If you are undecided or feel he is not the real deal, take 11 minutes to hear his responses; composed, prepared, inclusive and no arm waving or yelling, like many of his opponents.
Web Link

We don't need an Octogenarian running the country, time for a new generation of leadership. #PETE2020


2 people like this
Posted by Working class voter
a resident of Whisman Station
on Feb 19, 2020 at 3:23 pm

Hi, why are you publishing lies? Pete lost Iowa by 6000 votes and doesn't support Medicare for all. He also wants to bring back the draft and takes money from billionaires including the Epstein set. Maybe these are more important details for his lack of appeal rather than his frankly boring gayness


2 people like this
Posted by Pete 2020!
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Feb 19, 2020 at 3:29 pm

@Frank I have seen 2 Trump signs in the area and both have been there for weeks. I also seen 1 Tulsi sign along 85, and only 1 Bloomberg on sign 237 ramp (guess he ran out of money).


5 people like this
Posted by fake news
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Feb 19, 2020 at 3:37 pm

@Working class voter - What 'lies' are you referring to?
- Buttigieg has never supported Medicare for All, that's Bernie, remember?
- In the new results, released by the Iowa Democratic Party, Buttigieg has 563.207 state delegate equivalents and Sanders has 563.127 state delegate equivalents out of 2,152 counted.

Please catch up.


10 people like this
Posted by Just The Facts
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 19, 2020 at 3:42 pm

3 of the 4 last paragraphs of this article veer very closely to making this an opinion piece.

Please stick only to the facts (such as "Campaign signs were removed" and "no perpetrators have been caught", not why someone believes someone to be the best candidate for president)


13 people like this
Posted by Jake O.
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Feb 19, 2020 at 3:43 pm

I agree with @frank. Back in 2016 I don't recall any news stories of Trump signs being removed or vandalized.

TRUMP 2020


2 people like this
Posted by Kevin Forestieri
Mountain View Voice Staff Writer
on Feb 19, 2020 at 3:49 pm

@Jake O.

We can't write about sign vandalism incidents that we don't know about. I did a quick search and didn't see any tips during the 2016 campaign season suggesting that Trump signs were being damaged or removed. Not saying it didn't happen, but it wasn't on our radar.

A Bernie supporter did get his car smashed, though! Web Link


10 people like this
Posted by Frank
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 19, 2020 at 3:50 pm

@Sylvan Park, every time I put out a Trump 2020 sign in my front yard it gets stolen. Some dork even had the gall to replace it with a Bernie sign!


8 people like this
Posted by Common sense
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 19, 2020 at 4:03 pm

To Kevin Forestieri: So the Voice didn't cover the 2016 Trump-sign theft in the downtown MV area? Sign had been placed by a longtime local resident. I thought the case was publicized (the Post may have done so).

The episode was heavily discussed in local e-media at the time (including Nextdoor, I believe). Another local resident wrote rather nobly "I won't be voting for your candidate, but I'll chip in to replace your sign." When video surfaced, a couple of adolescent children were found responsible. Not a very big deal in the end.


4 people like this
Posted by Working class voter
a resident of Whisman Station
on Feb 19, 2020 at 4:06 pm

Buttigieg campaigned on Medicare for all until he redefined his plan as "Medicare for All Who Want It" and adding a $7000 annual tax for uninsured Americans. Also, which matters more? 6000 votes or 0.1 State delegates, which are a purely internal metric subject to change?

Once again I feel the need to mention Pete wants to BRING BACK THE DRAFT and is HAPPY TO ACCEPT MONEY FROM SEX TRAFFICKING BILLIONAIRES


31 people like this
Posted by Is this your sign?
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 19, 2020 at 4:18 pm

OMG, too funny!
Reading above, Frank's Trump sign got replaced with a Bernie sign, and 4 nights ago my Bernie sign got replaced by a Trump sign! Truth! Haha.
Frank, if this happens again I'm 100% up for a trade back. I'm also in Cuesta Park. Let me know the street.

*We may have to speak with the youngsters on the block :)


20 people like this
Posted by Pete or any blue
a resident of Gemello
on Feb 19, 2020 at 6:28 pm

> and takes money from billionaires including the Epstein set.

That sounds like a winner, actually.

We gave them a TRILLION dollar tax cut, which ballooned the Trump deficit to over a trillion dollars a year. Time to fight the deficit by repealing tax breaks for billionaires and corporations.


18 people like this
Posted by Greg David
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 19, 2020 at 9:08 pm

I’d be happy to provide my video to The Voice of the adolescents that attempted to vandalize my Trump 2016 sign. I provided that video the principal of Graham Middle School and she was able to identify the youths involved. These kids and their parents were
called in for a conference to discuss the first amendment and the potential repercussions of such malicious behavior. Some time later a customer of mine approached me and admitted his son was one of the perpetrators and thanked me for creating the opportunity for his child to have a learning experience that should have a long term effect.

I was also part of the effort to identify the suspect in tjhe Inks vandalism events. I captured numerous images on numerous occasions of him vandalizing Inks signs at Shoreline and Church, but it was the video from Church and Calderon that ultimately proved beyond a doubt that it was Lopez that committed the crime. He committed vandalism dozens of times, but ultimately there was only one instance that proved it beyond a reasonable doubt.


8 people like this
Posted by Frank
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 19, 2020 at 9:25 pm

So are you saying Joe Lopez is attacking Pete signs? Signs without guards are vulnerable. Maybe set up some cameras. If you see Joe Lopez, report it here.


7 people like this
Posted by The Sixth Sense
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Feb 20, 2020 at 5:15 am

I swear I saw Job Lopez at it again, but then again "I see dead people". I'm pretty sure Lenny and his hooligans are behind the destruction.


7 people like this
Posted by Pete or any blue
a resident of Gemello
on Feb 20, 2020 at 6:12 am

Liz's abilities on stage last night obliterate any need for signs, Pete. You're in my top three though.

Favorite comment: "Elizabeth Warren is channeling an inner fury that only comes from grading papers that have no thesis statement."

;-)


21 people like this
Posted by Signs
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Feb 20, 2020 at 7:30 am

Sign people are too funny. I guess the idea is one of a two choices:

- Look at who _I'M_ voting for...in your face!

- Don't think for yourself, vote for who I say you should vote for

If you have a sign in your yard, you are a sign person. Just own it and keep doing "You"

Next week...bumper stickers


16 people like this
Posted by I Saw The Sign
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 20, 2020 at 9:14 am

Wow, look at that sign! I'm going to vote for that person because...colors?


3 people like this
Posted by @Signs, snarky & uncalled for
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 20, 2020 at 10:43 am

@SIGNS - Campaign signs are a way of raising awareness about a candidate and about an upcoming election, displaying a yard sign lets people know who you support and it might influence them as there are many undecided voters. In addition these signs are expensive, paid for by supporters not the campaign.
I applaud anyone who supports a candidate rather than posting snarky comments like yours.


3 people like this
Posted by MyOpinion
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Feb 20, 2020 at 10:45 am

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12 people like this
Posted by New Lawn Sign
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Feb 20, 2020 at 1:19 pm

"Support More Lawn Signs!!!"

- The banner and sign making union


9 people like this
Posted by have some respect, Job Lopez RIP
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Feb 20, 2020 at 2:35 pm

Job Lopez clearly made a bad decision (and paid for it) but that man did a lot of good for his community, he passed away in January. Insulting comments about a deceased person wreaks of 45's running commentary about John McCain including “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”, and continued even after this death. Despicable, bad behavior has become normalized by the 'leader' of the free world.


10 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Feb 21, 2020 at 10:46 am

All the gay bashing by Trump and friends is making me more inclined to vote for Pete Buttigieg


14 people like this
Posted by Cent US
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Feb 21, 2020 at 12:41 pm

Pete looks good, Liz looks great.

Trump is so ticked that his staff notified Congress about ongoing Russian attacks. What a tool, a real coward.


11 people like this
Posted by @resident
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Feb 22, 2020 at 11:15 am

You said,
"All the gay bashing by Trump"

Please post a link to what he said, or it did not happen.


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Posted by @resident
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Feb 22, 2020 at 5:19 pm

"Shocking moment Democrat Iowa caucus member demands to change her vote after she realizes Pete Buttigieg is gay and married to a man"

Read here,
Web Link


3 people like this
Posted by @resident, still waiting
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2020 at 12:06 am

Trump appointed,

"Richard Grenell now highest-ranking openly gay official in US government history" EVER!!!

So much for the alleged Trump bashing gays.

Read here,
Web Link


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Posted by Pete or any blue
a resident of Gemello
on Feb 23, 2020 at 10:39 am

So you want a "higher-ranking openly gay official in US government" than Granel? Sounds like Pete's just the man for you!


Want pages of anti-LGBTQ actions that the Trump administration has taken? Use any search engine.

Here's a couple months:

- Vice President Mike Pence attended a church service whose pastor used false, derogatory statements to describe the LGBTQ community. (Pence doesn't so anything w/o Trump's approval, including his part in the Ukrainian extortion for their campaign)

- A directive by the Trump Administration across multiple government agencies was issued to strengthen access to federal dollars for religious-based organizations -- even if the organization is anti-LGBTQ or has an anti-LGBTQ record.

- A report in the HuffPost revealed the Trump Administration's erasure of pro-LGBTQ policies on Inauguration Day extended beyond government websites and throughout the entire federal government, including the Department of Interior.

- The Trump Administration appoints notorious anti-LGBTQ activist Tim Wildmon to the White House's Faith Advisory Council.

- In two straight years, the Trump Administration announced its plans to tighten regulations for food stamp access under the government's SNAP program, affecting about 755,000 Americans -- including the LGBTQ community.

- For a third consecutive year, President Trump omits any mention of the LGBTQ community during his presidential proclamation recognizing December 1st as World AIDS Day.

- The Trump Administration announced they are allowing taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to use "religious beliefs" as an excuse to deny placement of children into homes of LGBTQ couples -- simply for being LGBTQ.


3 people like this
Posted by @resident, plus above poster
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2020 at 11:15 am

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Posted by Pete or any blue
a resident of Gemello
on Feb 23, 2020 at 11:43 am

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