City Desk

Dirty Tricks in Ward 5?

Another sign that campaign season is well underway: A D.C. Council candidate says he's been victimized by political dirty tricks.

In the above YouTube video, candidate Delano Hunter, who is challenging incumbent Harry Thomas Jr. in Ward 5, says that his signs have been damaged and stolen—evidence of the "dirty politics that continue to distract from addressing meaningful issues within our ward."

Hunter, in the video, says more than 100 of his signs were destroyed at Rhode Island and South Dakota Avenues NE, and that supporters have had signs "ripped from their homes in the middle of the night.

At one point, he holds up a sign that appears to be torn and riddled with bulletholes.

Hunter makes no specific accusation in the video as to who is responsible, but he says, "We are calling on Councilmember Thomas to denounce these actions."

Which he did: "Absolutely I denounce any behavior like that," Thomas tells LL this afternoon.

He notes that during his last campaign, in 2006, he issued a release calling for clean campaigning after a similar rash of sign vandalism.

Thomas notes he put up 600 of his own signs this weekend. "I stand on my record," he says. "We're just gonna outwork those guys."

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  • Kim Chi Ha

    man, I thought this was gonna be about trickin'

  • Jesse Helms

    The say thing is going to happen with many Vincent Gray signs. Fenty and his coons are running scared and Fenty's coons will take down or damage Vincent Gray signs. I am looking at this circus from the sideline.

  • Jesse Helms

    Correction:

    The same thing is going to happen with many Vincent Gray signs. Fenty and his coons are running scared and Fenty's coons will take down or damage Vincent Gray signs. I am looking at this circus from the sideline.

  • DB

    Fenty and his what?

  • hymesb

    600 signs in a weekend. There are 15 working hours per day. Two days. 600 signs in 30 hours. Roughly 20 signs an hour. One sign every 3 minutes.

    Ok. Someone is either exagerating or is throwing signs up without asking.

    Or, are these replaced signs that were torn down.

  • Jesse Helms

    The City Paper new censor your comments. There goes free speech.

  • hymeb

    Jesse,

    Are you talking about you calling Fenty supporters Coons?

    That is crazy, they are gone.

    This is going to kill NOODLEZ.

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