Bartlett campaign alleges sign misconduct


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Updated: 11/12/2013 9:11 am Published: 11/11/2013 8:53 pm


FOX23 has been following the race between current Mayor Dewey Bartlett and former Mayor Kathy Taylor for months.

Both are expected to campaign up until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

As FOX23 found out Monday, cellphone video of a recent confrontation over signs shows that campaign workers can get testy with each other.

The comments on the video were far from eloquent. There was a lot of finger pointing, and even more anger. All of this just hours before voters make their decision.

Political battles have shifted from the polls to the street.

Barlett Campaign Manager Dan Patton sent FOX23 cellphone video of a confrontation with a person taking down their campaign signs.

"Why did you take our sign down? We saw you take it,." Patton said.

"No," the lady yelled back.

Patton says that woman in the driver's seat campaigns for the competition, Kathy Taylor.

"You're better than that, Kathy Taylor," Patton said.

The fight unfolded in a neighborhood near 61st and Sheridan. Patton said he was hanging campaign signs when he noticed the woman was following him.

"We thought no way is she tearing our sign down as we're standing right there," Patton said.

So he confronted her.

"We saw you take it," Patton said on the video.

"You know what, go fly a kite," Taylor's campaigner said.
"It's not even kite-flying season," Patton said.

Patton told her that taking the sign was illegal.

FOX23 checked with City Attorney Mark Sweeny, and he said once the signs are hung, they belong to the homeowner.

Sweeny said it could be considered a misdemeanor.

FOX23 shared the video with Taylor's campaign and they sent this statement:

"We train volunteers to not touch campaign signs, because it is illegal. There's no report of this happening. We can't verify who the lady is, and whether she is really a Taylor volunteer."

Taylor's campaign says the video was "doctored." They also say Taylor has had signs taken from her yard.



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