In an ironic twist of fate, a Lake Forest, California councilman who changed the city’s sign code so harsher penalties would apply to anyone tampering with or removing campaign signs without permission has been charged with committing the very same crime.
According to police, last Oct. 9 Adam Nick, the mayor pro tem for Lake Forest, parked a car illegally at 2 a.m. and told an accomplice to remove a campaign sign for Councilman Scott Voigts, who was running for mayor.
Unbeknownst to Nick, an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy allegedly witnessed the incident, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Orange County district attorney’s Office stated that police searched Nick’s car and found 10 other campaign signs belonging to Voights in the back seat.
Nick was serving his first term on the city’s council. Although he was not running for reelection at the time of the incident, he was running to represent California’s 46th congressional district, according to the Orange County Register.
Voigts was running for a second term on the council when Nick allegedly stole the signs; he was re-elected in November.