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FreedomWorks under fire for 'Retire Mitch' signs in Kentucky
thehill.com ^ | 2/18/14 | Alexandra Jaffe

Posted on 02/18/2014 1:37:22 PM PST by cotton1706

group supporting McConnell’s primary challenger faces backlash after blanketing the state.

A group supporting Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) primary challenger is facing backlash from Kentuckians for blanketing parts of the state in anti-McConnell signage.

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FreedomWorks, which has endorsed businessman Matt Bevin in the primary race, has been asked by local government officials in Louisville to take down what one official says are “hundreds” of “Retire Mitch” signs posted all over Jefferson County.

But a FreedomWorks representative said the group has no plans to take down the signs there or anywhere else in the state, 10,000 of which have already been distributed to local activists across Kentucky.

Louisville Metro Government Code Enforcement Officer Chris Monahan said he called Jeff Scully, the group’s outreach manager, to let him know the signs violate local ordinances.

Scully said he did receive a call “about 10 or 12 signs,” and the group sent an intern to remove them. But Monahan said there were “hundreds” across the county, and he hadn’t noticed that any were gone.

According to Monahan, political groups are only allowed to post such signs two weeks prior to Election Day and must remove them within two weeks following. The fine for such a violation is $100 per sign.

Louisville regulations on signage declare that signs are also in violation of local codes if they’re erected without prior approval from the local government.

Monahan said he had received calls from the Louisville Police Department, as well as city council aides and local residents, complaining about the signs “polluting” the county’s roadways. “We oppose just driving down the road and placing dozens of signs along state driveways that aren’t permissible right of ways for these signs,” he said. “They pollute our neighborhoods and our county.”

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections

1 posted on 02/18/2014 1:37:22 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

From he article:

But Russ Walker, national political director for FreedomWorks for America, said his group has no intention of removing the signs.

“That’s absurd,” Walker told The Hill of the local regulations. “People should have the right to put signs up in support or opposition to candidates when they feel inclined.”

Walker decried the local signage codes as a “mechanism of the political establishment” to oppose the grassroots.

“I love it how cities pass code to squelch peoples’ free speech,” he said.

Monahan expressly said, however, “we don’t want to step on freedom of speech,” but the signs might have to ultimately be removed.

Walker said the group hadn’t directed its activists on where to post the signs, and the fact that they’re everywhere is evidence of the grassroots support Bevin is drawing in Kentucky, in contrast with McConnell campaign staff.

“We actually have thousands of people who are engaged, and typically, the McConnell campaign has to go out and buy this kind of support,” he said.


2 posted on 02/18/2014 1:38:58 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706
Louisville regulations on signage declare that signs are also in violation of local codes if they’re erected without prior approval from the local government.

Hmmmm.....

3 posted on 02/18/2014 1:40:13 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: cotton1706

So, change the signs to read “Ditch Mitch!”.


4 posted on 02/18/2014 1:40:32 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Timber Rattler

“Hmmmm..... “

Yup!


5 posted on 02/18/2014 1:41:18 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

must be hitting their target!

keep up the good work!

They would be IGNORING the signs if they were having no effect

This is good advertising


6 posted on 02/18/2014 1:42:33 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: cotton1706; All

As a side note to the Kentucky race, when FreedomWorks asked Mr. Bevin (ahem) if he would respect Congress’s constitutional Section 8 of Article I limited powers if elected, does anybody know how Mr. Bevin replied?


7 posted on 02/18/2014 1:44:03 PM PST by Amendment10
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8 posted on 02/18/2014 1:44:26 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Mr. K

“This is good advertising”

Right, they got EVERYBODY to see them! Old Mitch must be seething!

And I’m sure if they are taken down, they will be back in May...by the thousands!


9 posted on 02/18/2014 1:44:32 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706
The Shill is on a roll, today. They're worried about clean up? Really??


0bammy Inauguration.


Glenn Beck Rally.

10 posted on 02/18/2014 1:44:45 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: cotton1706; All

Sounds like the signs are working

Sounds like complaints are coming from McConnell himself


11 posted on 02/18/2014 1:47:26 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Diversity is just racism against white folks)
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12 posted on 02/18/2014 1:48:25 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: SeminoleCounty

“Sounds like complaints are coming from McConnell himself”

And/or his minions and stooges in the local governments!


13 posted on 02/18/2014 1:49:52 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: onyx
we're trying.
Ditch the (Reid's) *itch McConnell.

14 posted on 02/18/2014 1:55:09 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: cotton1706

Bevin needs to hand out Ditch Mitch t-shirts and have a rally in front of City Hall.


15 posted on 02/18/2014 1:55:49 PM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: cotton1706

As long as the landowner gives permission, Freedom Works is breaking no
law by placing signs. FK McConnell.


16 posted on 02/18/2014 1:56:17 PM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: skinkinthegrass

Yep, and here in Mississippi, we have THAD enough.
Trying to dump Cochran, too.


17 posted on 02/18/2014 1:56:48 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: cotton1706

No doubt McConnell called his friends in the Jefferson County/Louisville governments to demand the signs be taken down. Ditch is from Louisville (or was before becoming a citizen of Mordor on the Potomac).


18 posted on 02/18/2014 2:03:20 PM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: cotton1706
Political speech is the exact speech the First Amendment was intended to protect.
19 posted on 02/18/2014 2:09:08 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to behead anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: TADSLOS; onyx

Bevin needs to hand out Ditch Mitch t-shirts and have a rally in front of City Hall.
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
As to the pictures on #12, T’s should be made up with pictures of the ‘traitors’ shaking hands or smiling with BO.
And a ‘catchy’ little statement or name accompanying it...

Probably get more mileage out of that rather than spending TV money for Daytime TV.....


20 posted on 02/18/2014 2:49:54 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 --When you have them by the short hairs, the minds and hearts soon follow.)
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To: cotton1706

McConnell is definitely not on our side.


21 posted on 02/18/2014 3:06:51 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: cotton1706

Ditch Mitch.


22 posted on 02/18/2014 3:10:55 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: xrmusn

How about “Dump Obama’s Bitches”
This might appeal to the younger or MTV crowd.


23 posted on 02/18/2014 4:14:10 PM PST by funfan
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To: cotton1706

Hey, it is called a campaign. Freedom Works intends to win.....GOOD.


24 posted on 02/18/2014 5:40:41 PM PST by jch10 (John Beohner has got to be removed from the Speaker position.)
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