Reports of yard sign vandalism increase as election day nears

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Four days before Election Day and you’ve heard complaints our politics have become more mean-spirited, and divisive.

Here’s some proof of that, reports of more vandalism, involving yard signs.

Stan “JR” Zerkowski says his friends’ Amy McGrath yard sign was spray painted with a gay slur earlier this week in Lexington.

“I’ve never experienced this kind of hate. I’ve never seen anything like this in the years that I’ve lived in this city,” said Zerkowski.

Also this week, over in Frankfort, the Republican Party of Kentucky says an Andy Barr sign in its yard was set on fire.

“A corner of the sign was burned up and the corrugated plastic was melted onto the grass on the ground,” said Tres Watson, spokesperson for the Republican Party of Kentucky.

It’s not just the 6th Congressional District race.

“We’ve seen it state wide with our candidates. I think there’s a lot of emotion this year for a variety of reasons on both sides and people just kind of are spiraling,” said Watson.

Zerkowski says the tone of this year’s election is different than years past.

“I have never seen the kind of ugly rhetoric that I am seeing this year. I wish we could get back to the dignity of the person. To the dignity of all the people running and do it with civility,” said Zerkowski.

Watson agrees.

“Nobody is going to come by and see a vandalized sign and think ‘oh wow I’ve got to change my vote.’ it doesn’t accomplish anything. I think it’s selfish on the part of whoever’s doing it,” said Watson.

The Republican Party of Kentucky posted on Twitter Thursday asking supporters not to vandalize signs.

Zerkowski says he hopes people will take this weekend to calm down.

“To put political divisions aside and look at the common good. After all that’s what elections are about,” said Zerkowski.

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