Tails from the Trail
Posted by David Keelan on Tuesday, November 7, 2006
Couple updates for you. While I have been in the field we had only one sign vandalized. Great news.
Sign vandalism and the such….
In Columbia Merdon poll workers arrived to find that Merdon signs had been altered. Someone (we don’t know who) placed “Support Bush” signs on and/or next to Merdon’s signs. The police came and took them away upon request of the Howard County GOP and the Board of Elections.
Additionally, Chris Merdon’s sister-in-law was working at Guilford Elementary when Lou Ulman approached her with a Ken Ulman yard sign in hand and planted it directly in front of her Merdon yard sign. She promptly placed the sign in the ground next to the Merdon sign. Lou Ulman began to yell at her saying along the lines of “Now you have too many signs.” Don’t ask me. He then began to kick the Merdon sign – get this – in front of a Howard County Police Officer who looked at Mr. Ulman and waived Mr. Ulman over to his car and told him to stop.
Finally, Ken Ulman’s mother complained that Merdon’t 8 foot signs were too tall and as such illegal. A democratic judge came out to review the situation and told Mrs. Ulman that a call to the board of elections would quickly resolve the matter. The call did resolve the matter and the signs remain in place.
This just in. A photograph of Ken Ulman’s mobile billboard within 100 feet of the no campaigning line. No one is complaining to the board of elections – I am just complaining here.