Fed up with a rash of recent defacement and outright theft of his campaign signs in Aberdeen, Del. Dan Riley is offering a cash reward for the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
In total, about 15 signs, costing about $5 per sign, have been stolen off of private property in the Mount Royal Avenue area of Aberdeen. The signs started disappearing last week.
According to one of his supporters, Riley’s sign was stolen and a Republican opponent’s literature was left behind.
Riley is quick to dismiss suggestions that the wind may have carried his signs away, stating he knows how to install the signs properly so as to withstand Mother Nature. The delegate also feels that it was not the local skateboarders who vandalized his campaign materials. Riley pointed out the kids would have to go out of their way (out and around the skate park) to vandalize the signs. He thinks the kids are blamed too often and would be a convenient scapegoat.
Here is the statement Riley released Tuesday afternoon:
Due to the actions of those who have chosen to violate my supporters/my 1st Amendment rights I am offering a $250 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person(s) removing and/or defacing my campaign signs. These signs were on private property and mostly in the Aberdeen area. If you have any information, please call me at (410)676-6817.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call.
Delegate Dan Riley