Several Pro-Scott Walker Signs Burned in Fox Point

Democratic Party of Wisconsin says this behavior is just simply wrong, but angry neighbor says, "You don't see Tom Barrett signs getting burned."

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 .

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  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.

Bewildered May 16, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Geoff, that is hilarious! You libs certainly have plenty of manure to spread around !
Geoff Tolley May 16, 2012 at 10:37 PM
You could have done without the personal insult.
Bewildered May 16, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Hey Jeff, forgot your sense of humor today? No personal insult intended nor do I really see why your hackles are up (tho I do think my remark was a little funny) Lighten up. I know it looks like its over for the recall and bbrrett , but the sun will still be shinning June 6. Hang in there.
Greg May 17, 2012 at 12:31 AM
OK, any amount should be easy for you since there are plenty. So let's start with 25 current acts of violence by Scott Walker supporters. Move the posts or lower the hoop, whatever it takes the game's on.
Greg May 17, 2012 at 03:28 AM
WoW, I really moved the goalposts pretty far in since "plenty" of Scott Walker supporters would probably be over 1%, so 12,500 recent violent acts should not be a problem. But I don't want to the guy that goes back on his word, so 25 should do for now. And Geoff don't concern yourself with the semantics of these two posts, as recent and current are pretty much the same thing.
Geoff Tolley May 17, 2012 at 04:40 AM
So now you're hedging and still need to pretend that Zelinski wasn't referring to the petitioning phase in order to support your slander against him.
Seymour Butt May 17, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Excuse me sir, do you not know the culture of fox point? Have you ever been to fox point? It is clearly the act of high school teenagers.. not 30 year old men. It happened on a Saturday night, the exact time for the acts of teenage hooligans. Use your head Greg.
Greg May 17, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I am pretending or hedging nothing. The story of sign burning is current and Zelinski's comment was about current actions. Since you can not provide even the limited number of examples, that you had asked me to quantify, you are in the wrong. But if I can help you to clear the good name of your dear friend Graeme Zelinski, you may provide 25 examples of violence by Scott Walker supporter durring the petitioning phase.
Greg May 17, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Bewildered - *Warning* Do not enter into a war of words with Geo., he is a tough cookie and he will soon play the slander card.
Geoff Tolley May 17, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Does violence include destruction of property in your estimation?
Greg May 17, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Actually I live on the moon, but I vote in locally. High school teenagers have much more maturity than what has been shown by the recallers and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. What proof do you have? Slashing tires would not have been expected to have been done by 30 year olds any more than it would be expected that they would have been the sons of Gwen Moore and Marvin Pratt. But I USE MY HEAD and LEARN FROM HISTORY and I will not fall for your hooligan story until proof is provided.
Greg May 17, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Violence is an extreme form of aggression, such as assault, rape or murder. I do not want to influence your response with any hedging, but let's see what you got.
Greg May 18, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Geoff Tolley May 18, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Apologies Greg, I have been detained for some time. So if someone describes 24 cases of assault, rape or murder as "you see plenty of violence," that qualifies you to call them a "lying bastard" and "the scum wouldn't know the truth if it lit him on fire." Gotcha.
Greg May 18, 2012 at 08:37 PM
I guess i'll go with that. But just so you know, zero is much less than 24. And this is far from Zelinski's first lie.
Geoff Tolley May 18, 2012 at 08:44 PM
So if someone describes 23 cases of assault, rape or murder as "you see plenty of violence," that qualifies you to call them a "lying bastard" and "the scum wouldn't know the truth if it lit him on fire." Got it.
Greg May 19, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Where are you going with this?
Geoff Tolley May 19, 2012 at 03:10 AM
You were the one to call someone a "lying bastard". It's clear that your standard for calling someone that is ridiculously low, and your original comment thus meaningless.
Greg May 19, 2012 at 09:43 PM
So because you have nothing to dispute my claim, that makes me wrong? Typical. Here's another one by your lying bastard. http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2012/may/18/graeme-zielinski/wisconsin-democratic-party-spokesman-zielinski-say/
Geoff Tolley May 20, 2012 at 04:51 AM
"So because you have nothing to dispute my claim, that makes me wrong?" So far - after much prodding - I have established that you consider anyone who describes 23 cases of assault, rape or murder as "you see plenty of violence," to be a "lying bastard" and "the scum wouldn't know the truth if it lit him on fire." Your position is clearly that if you don't like what someone says, you'll hold them to an arbitrary and unreasonable standard just so you can feel justified in calling them a liar. "Here's another one by your lying bastard. http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2012/may/18/graeme-zielinski/wisconsin-democratic-party-spokesman-zielinski-say/" - then call him a liar for *that*, which you have provided perfectly reasonable backup for (as I said before, I'm no great fan of the guy), but not for failing to meet some arbitrary and unreasonable standard.
Bewildered May 20, 2012 at 01:37 PM
All, pls remember that Geoff "Trollycar" is a full fledged Dem troll and as UnitedWi Coordinator (about as radical, drumbeating far left org as there is in the state, and that's hard to accomplish !), is assigned to troll pages on Patch for Barrett. So Jeff, how's that working out for you? Sure looks like your hopes for a Barrett appointed govt. job are disappearing along with any chance of a lefty victory. Daily Kos has Walker up 9!!!
Geoff Tolley May 20, 2012 at 04:35 PM
All, pls remember that "Bewildered" has no arguments to make so attempts to ad hom his/her way around these boards and call people names. Bewildered is incapable of comprehending that someone might do something without getting paid for it. Bewildered is unafraid of making things up (no Daily Kos poll has ever had Walker up 9; I am not and never have been a member of the Democratic Party; Bewildered has never bothered describing any "leftist" things that United Wisconsin advocates). And Bewildered is the one hiding behind anonymity.
Bewildered May 20, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Oh pls Tolleycar, not a Democrat? give up the ghost. All one has to do is look at your blogs and quotes on Progressive Wi, founded by Russ Fiengold, to see your true colors. By the way, love the pic of you carring the box of recall petitions in Madison. did you have to put down your drum to pose? At least fess up your own actions. Dem troll here, folks, representing UnitedWi, primary org leading recall movement. Oh yea, how's that going? And yes, Kos has Walker up 9. Maybe you should walk down the hall and check with them.
Bewildered May 20, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Oh yea, love your support of Zielinski. Happen to read the latest Politicalcheck on him that rates him "Pants on Fire"? Great role model.
Geoff Tolley May 20, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Again, you show that you have no inclination to learn anything at all about other people that you can't fit into your black & white thinking: being set against Walker does not make one a Democrat, period. Just ask the Republicans who signed the recall petition. Carrying a box of recall petitions into the GAB was a great honor. Yet somehow it didn't come with a Democratic Party membership card. If Daily Kos has Walker up 9 as you claim, you will have no problem putting up a link or shutting up. Oh, and clearly you didn't read what I wrote in response to Greg, who at least had the wherewithall to provide a link. My issue in this thread has been to do with Greg calling Zelinski a "lying bastard" because an arbitrary, unreasonable standard Greg is trying to hold him to with respect to Zelinski's quote in the article. I'm out today, so be sure to continue flinging poo from behind your cloak of anonymity while I'm gone.
Dave Koven May 20, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Having read all comments up to now, I conclude that you're all idiots. Most governing is done in secret. We common folk are fed such a diet of misinformation and lies that anything we vote on probably isn't true. Super PAC money has more sway than you might think, and it is often in ways you might not like. Good bills often have riders tacked on to them that undo the good they purport to do. "Plausible deniability" seems to be the aim of all politicians when they do something questionable, if not downright illegal. You guys are just beating your heads on each other while the real governing goes on in the shadows. Why waste your time?
Greg May 20, 2012 at 08:40 PM
"Greg calling Zelinski a "lying bastard" because an arbitrary, unreasonable standard Greg is trying to hold him to with respect to Zelinski's quote in the article." Geoff, you asked me to set the bar, I did. You complained it was too high, I lowered it. But in the end you are only able to blame me for your lack of ability to provide examples. You use the same tactic of Clinton, "it depends on the definition of IS" (said in his stupid drawl) or Edwards "What is the definition of the word THE?". This type of stupid game makes me feel a little violent. Since I do not see violence by Scott Walker supporters, I stand by my statement until you can provide evidence to the contrary, at whatever level you feel will back your case without a doubt.
Bewildered May 20, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Gee, Trolleycar, you make friends every where you go, dontcha?
Greg May 21, 2012 at 04:40 PM
I think you meant to say "I conclude that we're all idiots" But please explain to us idiots why you waste your time.
Dave Koven May 21, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Greg...My wording stands. Your comment reinforces my statement. My time apparently IS wasted with you.


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