40-Year Resident Stands Strong with 8-Foot Campaign Sign

A four-mile tour through Fox Point and Bayside showed many campaign signs, but two 8-foot Fox Point signs stood out among the rest. Take a look at the breakdown of political support across both communities.

For four decades, Elaine Fantin has been putting up political campaign signs in her Fox Point yard. Those signs have shifted support over the years, donning both Democrat and Republican messages, because Fantin considers herself an independent.

This year though, it’s hard to miss the 4-foot by 8-foot "Save America, Vote Obama" sign at 385 W. Dean Rd., facing Maple Dale Middle School.

"Right now, the Republican party today is not the same Republican Party we voted for years ago," Fantin said. "I'm a firm believer in two parties and right now, I'm worried. That's what that sign reflects, we're really worried about the Republican Party and the tones."

Specifically, Fantin said she’s concerned that Republican's call social security an "entitlement" she said government shouldn't get involved in religious issues.

"I don’t think they have a plan correct for the United States today at all," she said.

But this isn’t the only huge political campaign sign you’ll see along Port Washington Road. Just one mile south, at 7440 N. Port Washington Rd., is David Konopka’s sign, also 4-foot by 8-foot, sporting a red, white and blue "Romney/Ryan" design.

"I don't like Obama at all," Konopka said. "The spending, the debt that Obama keeps increasing ... "

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Konopka and Fantain are not the only residents sporting campaign signs. A tour of four miles in Bayside and four miles in Fox Point showed a definite distinction between Democratic or Republican support among yard signage.

In four miles of Bayside, there were 34 properties that had political signs. President Barack Obama had only one-third of Gov. Mitt Romney's 31 signs. Also, some homes had more than one sign per property.

Here's the breakdown of political support:

Bayside Candidate No. of Signs Barack Obama 10 Mitt Romney 31 Tommy Thompson 10 Alberta Darling 2 Jim Ott 6 Cris Rogers 2 Tammy Baldwin 2

In four miles of Fox Point, there were 33 properties that had political signs. The race for president, based on political signs, is closer in Fox Point, with Obama pulling 24 signs and Romney having 19. But again, some properties had multiple signs per yard.

Here's the breakdown of political support:

Fox Point Candidate No. of Signs Barack Obama 24 Mitt Romney 19 Tommy Thompson 10 Alberta Darling 0 Jim Ott 3 Cris Rogers 8 Tammy Baldwin 0 Dan Sebring 4 Dan Knodl 1

Wisconsin is still considered a major battle-ground state for the presidential election on Nov. 6. Romney will hold a rally at State Fair Park Monday night and Obama will be heading up to Green Bay Tuesday.

For more daily election coverage, including sample ballots, polling places, candidates and more stories check out Patch’s 2012 Voter Guide

MEB October 28, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Geoff Tolley October 28, 2012 at 07:16 PM
You clearly missed what I was trying to bring across with my phrasing, namely that you were using 'liberal' as a dogwhistle term to dismiss anything associated in even the most tenuous way with it so as to avoid addressing the question at hand. I'm sorry to have to tell you this, but today's GOP has no conservatives left in its leadership - they're simply a bunch of radicals, the very antithesis of conservativism. Instead of attempting to retain traditional institutions, it's a party that wants to tear down Medicare and the rest of the social safety net contract, send us off a cliff of pollution catastrophe so the world will not be at all similar for our grandchildren, force them to be rapists' child factories and create a Randian society that has no grounding in any traditional value. They have abandoned truth and fact and replaced them with Gish Gallops for political expediency. These are not conservative policies; they are the policies of _radicals_. You want know what this country was founded on? You know what the Boston Tea Party was all about? Protesting an unfair tax break given to a powerful entity. If anything at all is American, that is. I am a conservative, and I reject the GOP radicalism that has tainted the term.
tbs October 28, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Oh please, stop your fear mongering. Romney Ryan wants women to be rapist child factories? You, my friend are the radical. Take time to watch this and you will find Paul Ryan not to be the demonic politician you are trying to paint him to be:http://www.c-spanvideo.org/videoLibrary/mobilevideo.php?strid=PaulRyanCa
tbs October 28, 2012 at 08:01 PM
And because Jeff you are a fellow conservative I'm sure you'll enjoy this: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CDMQtwIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dgsa4uLmTw0M&ei=1ouNUMSPF-aPyAGGooGoAg&usg=AFQjCNFW6wvwG6Un8p8ePOc1yOx3bM2cDQ&sig2=USQngGV_CA55DSxcbYR6_g
MEB October 28, 2012 at 08:41 PM
"Rapist child factories" is the most ludicrous thing I've heard in ages! Thanks Geoff for giving me a good story to tell!


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