Dear Seward Democrats,
Stop stealing Republican lawn signs. You’re acting almost as stupid as some of Republican candidate Erik Paulsen’s supporters, including Michael Brodkorb, who runs stake-outs at suburban Perkins locations, then harasses people when they lawfully removing signs from public property.
Political hostility in Seward
Hoffman took over Gabrick’s role so Gabrick could address the organization, temporarily, as an individual. Gabrick said he and his fiancé, and his downstairs tenants recently put McCain-Palin and Obama-Biden lawn signs in their yard to display their political beliefs. In the two weeks since the signs have been up, Gabrick said he’s been verbally harassed by a number of people over the McCain-Palin sign and that his “direct neighbors [are] beginning to feel heat” because of the sign, too. The high school-aged son of Gabrick’s neighbor was recently verbally accosted by his peers for the sign, Gabrick said. The sign has since been stolen, he said. “I am not asking you to protect me as an individual,” Gabrick said. “[I would] like to ask for your assistance to end a certain amount of intolerance [in our neighborhood]…” Gabrick said he was drawn to Seward because of its openness and tolerance and was alarmed by the events that transpired.
Hoffman said he was “at a loss as to anything we can do, other than acknowledging this is a very real issue.” He added that he was sorry to hear about the intolerance, but wasn’t sure a statement from SNG would effectively address the problem. “My take is [the people who are saying these things] are the people who couldn’t give a good goddamn what the SNG board of directors says,” Hoffman said.
Board Member Adrienne Hyde said she is a firm believer in calling 911 or 311, and said Gabrick should do that to document the behavior.
So you really think a vote in Seward will be swayed by a presidential lawn sign for either candidate?