Vandals defaced a Sarasota County Republican Party anti-Obama billboard over the weekend in Venice, Florida, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Vandals this past weekend extensively damaged a Sarasota County Republican Party billboard with the message “Repeal Obama.”
At about 8 a.m. Sunday, Sarasota GOP Chairman Joe Gruters said he received an email notifying him about the damage to the sign at the U.S. 41 Bypass and Center Road.
Someone with a cutting instrument removed the word “Repeal,” the GOP's website address and its financial disclosure statement but left the word “Obama.”
“This wasn't kids,” Gruters said. “It wasn't an easy job.”
On Monday afternoon Gruters told Breitbart News:
It's extremely disappointing when you work hard as a group to build a sign... we raised contributions... and to have it destroyed by vandals is disappointing. This Chicago style politics coming to Florida is disgusting. This is new to Sarasota. We've never had this type of incident.
This job could not have been done by kids. You had to have a box truck or a ladder. For them to have dissected the sign as they did, it was pretty obvious it was a planned attack. It wasn't just a few minutes work. It took them at least fifteen minutes to do it. The police said they're actively engaged in the investigation. If they catch them, they're going to be charged with felony mischief.
The good news is we've raised enough money to replace the billboard.
On Monday Breitbart News called Sarasota County Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Wendy Rose for an update on the investigation into this act of vandalism but has not yet received a response.