At least five Fox Point residents woke up Sunday morning to find that their campaign yard signs supporting Gov. Scott Walker had been stolen and, in some cases, destroyed by fire.
“I had just put my sign up Saturday afternoon, and I feel as if it’s just bad sportsmanship by the Democrats,” said Kim Brier, who had one of the signs that was torched.
Brier says the destruction goes beyond politics: It's dangerous and the fire could have damaged her property.
“I think this behavior is childish by the other side, and, if anything, may make people feel more pro-Walker," said Priscilla McDonnell, one of Brier's neighbors. "You don’t see Tom Barrett signs getting burned.”
Walker, the Republican governor, is facing Barrett, in the June 5 recall election.
Steven Proko, who lives at 7504 N.Crossway Rd., was not victimized, but one of his neighbors was. He described the destruction as a childish act.
"I think that if this was a Barrett sign, the media and public would outrage and this act of speech by the Democratic Party is wrong, and it just shows how childish it is,” he said.
James Schumaker was at his parents' home at 808 E. Hyde Way when he discovered his family’s pro-Walker sign had been burned overnight.
"Burning a Scott Walker sign just shows the maturation level for whoever did this,” Schumaker said.
As of Monday, five residents reported to the Fox Point Police Department that six pro-Walker signs had been stolen or destroyed including:
- Two signs burned at 7522 N. Crossway Road.
- One signs burned at 7723 N. Boyd Way.
- One stolen sign at 8331 N. Lake Drive.
- One sign burned at 808 E. Hyde Way.
- One sign burned at 816 E. Hyde Way.
In addition, there was a report of another destroyed political sign at 7511 N. Lake Drive, but it was unclear if that also was a pro-Walker sign.
Graeme Zelinski, communications director for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, said this behavior is just simply wrong.
"You see plenty of violence by Scott Walker supporters," Zelinski said. "There is no room for this kind of activity — whether it be by Scott Walker supporters or anybody."
Fox Point police have no suspects at this time.