Political fighting caught on camera


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Reported by: MirandaChristian
Updated: 11/12/2013 7:38 pm Published: 11/11/2013 10:39 pm


FOX 23 has been following the mayoral race between Mayor Dewey Bartlett and former mayor Kathy Taylor for months. Both are expected to campaign up until 6 p.m. Tuesday. For now, campaign workers can get testy with each other.
FOX23 aired cell phone video of an argument between the two parties. The fighting was over campaign signs.

"You shouldn't be taking ours down," said Bartlett Campaign Manager, Dan Patten. "Just don't touch our sign."

Patten said he wanted to ask the woman who was sitting in her car why she stole the signs.

"Did you take our sign down? We saw you take it," said Patten.

Patten said that woman campaigns for the competition: Kathy Taylor.

"You're better than that Kathy," said Patten.

The fight unfolded in a neighborhood, near 61st and Sheridan.

Patten 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," said Patten.

Patten confronted her.

"We saw you take it," said Patten.

"You know what, go fly a kite," said the woman.

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

"You can't take our materials down," said Patten.

Sweeny said it could be considered a misdemeanor.

FOX23 shared the video with Taylor's campaign and they shared 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 said the video was doctored.

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forrealthough - 11/13/2013 4:08 PM
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EXACTLY why the right person won. Thank god Kathy Taylor, aka "Hillary in Training", lost. My god, how close we came. The buses from Chicago? The stalking campaign workers at Dewey's house? Unreal.

tom c - 11/12/2013 9:27 AM
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Mayor Bartlett has done a reasonable job as Mayor. While I have not always agreed with him,he has at least proved to be competent and able to perform the duties of mayor. Ms. Taylor on the other hand seems to play fast and loose with facts and figures as well as exhibiting underhanded practices such as stalking. I know what we have as mayor... I don't know what we can expect from Ms. Taylor, nor do I wish to find out.

bowlerdave - 11/12/2013 9:01 AM
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Man,which criminal to vote for...this question gets harder and harder to answer every day. Hopefully I'll have an answer within the next week or two on which one I should vote for. But I seriously doubt it.

Mayor Maynot - 11/12/2013 7:16 AM
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Both campaigns probably play dirty pool.
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