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In a comment to the post I wrote last night regarding the serial defacement of Bush/Cheney signs in Minnesota, CQ reader Smacky linked to an interesting story from Hawaii, where the same phenomenon has cropped up. In this case, political signs have disappeared, primarily those for Republican candidates -- and the culprit turned out to be the son of a Democrat running for office:
This election season, thousands of dollars worth of political signs have been stolen, defaced or otherwise trashed at an alarming rate from people's homes and private property. ... But recently, on Primary Election day in late September, an amazing thing happened. One of the "criminals" was caught in the act -- and caught on film.
Most interestingly, the culprit, Mike Golojuch Jr., is a frequent letter writer and spokesperson for his version of civil rights and free speech. He was caught stealing the signs of Rep. Mark Moses, R-Kapolei, for which Moses reported him to the police and filed a complaint.
Most relevant, Mike Golojuch Jr., who ran for state House in 2002, is the son of the woman who is currently the opponent of Moses in the state House race to represent Kapolei.
Moses is a Republican representing Kapolei for several years, and Carolyn Golojuch, a Democrat, is his only opponent in the Nov. 2, 2004, General Election.
The Golojuch family gets my nomination for the Phyllis Kahn Award for Defending Democracy. Son Mike may also get the political equivalent of the Darwin Award for allowing himself to get caught on film stealing the yard signs in broad daylight:
The gray car on the right, by the way, belongs to Golojuch. He used it as his getaway vehicle. Prominently displayed in the rear window is a large campaign sign for his mother -- just in case anyone didn't recognize him as he stole the campaign materials from the constituency his mother wants to represent.
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