UPDATE: Four Darling Campaign Signs Destroyed, Stolen in Whitefish Bay

But spokesman for Pasch denies any involvement or knowledge of reported acts of vandalism as 8th Senate District recall election heats up.

  • Editor's note: This story was update at 10:25 a.m. July 8 to include new information from area police departments.


In what she described as "coordinated acts of vandalism and destruction," state Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) said her campaign signs along North Lake Drive in Milwaukee County have been stolen or destroyed.

Darling, who is one of six Republican senators targeted for recall elections this summer, said the incidents took place over the Fourth of July weekend.

"I am disappointed to see that a group of dissenters will go as far as to trespass, vandalize and steal campaign signs from the yards of Darling supporters," she said in a statement. "My hope is that these acts are unrelated and are the work of pranksters, but my fear is that these are outside interests attempting to intimidate voters and silence their opinion."

Darling, of River Hills,, a Whitefish Bay Democrat, in a recall election on Aug. 9. Pasch first must win a set for Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for Pasch said Thursday that her campaign "is not aware of, or in any way involved in the destruction of any campaign signs."

In fact, spokeswoman Gillian Morris said Pasch's campaign sign in her front yard was vandalized Wednesday night.

"It is completely inappropriate - on either side - for signs to be vandalized," said Morris. "Sandy joins Alberta in rejecting this and calling for this to stop."

Whitefish Bay Police Lt. Ron Stefanske confirmed Friday morning that four of Darling's signs were stolen or vandalized in that community on Monday or Tuesday.

Darling said in her statement that police have received multiple calls about the signs being damaged and stolen, and that her campaign "intends to work with the proper authorities to ensure that this type of behavior is discouraged and ends immediately."

Patch contacted other departments in Darling's 8th Senate District - including Glendale, Fox Point, Shorewood, Bayside, River Hills, Menomonee Falls and Milwaukee - and found no other recent reports of stolen or damaged signs.

The Darling campaign did not return phone calls or respond to e-mails Thursday or Friday to elaborate on how many signs were stolen or damaged, or exactly where the incidents occurred.

Stefanske said Whitefish Bay police don't plan to investigate the incidents unless someone comes forward with information on what happened to the signs. However, officers will be extra vigilant while on patrol - particularly overnight, when these types of incidents typically occur, he said.

CowDung July 10, 2011 at 08:04 PM
I wasn't the one demanding "real proof" or accusing her of 'making stuff up' when Darling made her statement about the signs...
CowDung July 10, 2011 at 08:13 PM
Beth: I'm still waiting for that "real proof" to back up Pasch's attack on Darling falsely accusing her of putting forward an amendment to allow police officers suspected of "very serious offenses like drunk driving, domestic abuse, and even rape" to continue to be paid until all appeals have been exhausted...
Lyle Ruble July 10, 2011 at 08:19 PM
@Bob McBride II...Bob, WFB Mike has, in his past posts, reflected some very racist attitudes. As far as my reference to Waukesha County; they represent the largest segment of extreme conservatism in the state.
Linea Sundstrom July 10, 2011 at 08:21 PM
Yes, CowDung, if you think Congresswoman Pasch is not representing you honestly and effectively, you should attempt to recall her. If enough voters agree with you, it might be successful.
CowDung July 10, 2011 at 08:31 PM
At least you are consistent. Personally, I think that not getting replies to e-mails is a stupid reason to cite for recalling a candidate, but if that's the way you want to play, then that is your right...
Bob McBride July 10, 2011 at 09:16 PM
So just for the record, you equate being conservative with being a Nazi? I may not agree with what a lot of "progressives" like yourself have to say or support, but I'm not on the habit of equating some of their intolerant attitudes with that of repressionist foreign regimes. You really may want to step back and re-evaluate how deeply you want to allow yourself to be drawn into the rhetoric around here. Again, it's hard to claim higher ground when you're making comments of the nature you've just made here today.
Bewildered July 10, 2011 at 09:44 PM
Lyle, as a fellow Jew, I find your "Nazi" references totaly unnecessary and ignorant
Lyle Ruble July 10, 2011 at 10:06 PM
@Bob McBride II...I don't consider all conservatives in the same light that I view people like WFB Mike. I have run into more than my share of extreme conservatives who almost universally were like WFB Mike. In any case the greatest majority of conservatives are fine decent people deserving of respect. I may disagree with them on issues, but they rarely if ever spew the kind of rhetoric and poison that Mike and his ilk put out. Do I consider you and CowDung as extreme conservatives; absolutely not.
Lyle Ruble July 10, 2011 at 10:15 PM
@Bewildered...Shalom Aleichem, Sorry, but if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck; guess what - it's a duck. I don't about you but I've talked to enough survivors who recount attitudes and rhetoric just like WFB Mike.
Drive To 24 July 10, 2011 at 11:11 PM
I think WFB has lost all credibility.
Lyle Ruble July 10, 2011 at 11:15 PM
@WFB Mike...Mike, I was hoping that you weren't entirely serious, but your posts have been consistent. As you state you may be moderate on some of the social issues but that does not change the fact that you project extremism on every other issue. Now the important question is why you feel compelled to project such anger, rigidity and to attack people that have never done you any harm. What precisely is your background? You listed right-wing positions concerning economics, unions, taxes, social programs, and race relations; what is your position on Muslims and Jews? If you want to be given respect and consideration then I would suggest you move more to your moderate side. For those of us who want to know; what is your background?
Drive To 24 July 10, 2011 at 11:15 PM
It was interesting how Darling supported pay for fired police officers in Milwaukee yet when Taylor propose the same for River Hills cops she objected. Double standards and interfering with local control from a conservative. Where did the conservatives go wrong in Wisconsin?
Beth Gregg July 10, 2011 at 11:18 PM
I am sorry, Mr Dung, I didn't think that you really needed proof of Alberta's flip flop on the pay for fired officers discussion. http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2011/jun/28/alberta-darling/pay-fired-milwaukee-police-officers-Darling-does-/ "Darling acknowledged she sought a veto of an amendment she co-sponsored." So it was rated a FULL FLOP--quite the rarity. The real question is why is she supporting and/or writing legislation without doing her research? We all know why, don't we? She did virtually the same thing with conceal/carry--voted yes and then offered up a stricter amendment later. Why not do it in committee? She is the co-chair of the JFC? She's one of the most powerful people in the legislature. She could have offered compromises or solutions to reflect the wishes of all the taxpayers in her district. She could have shown some leadership, but instead she follows the Party Line no matter how much damage it does.
Beth Gregg July 10, 2011 at 11:27 PM
WFB Mike, congrats! After months of baiting, you finally got someone to call you a Nazi. Proud of yourself? Really, your comments would hold more weight if you backed them up with facts and stopped all the hyperbole. And, use your real name if you want to be taken seriously. Just saying.
Bewildered July 10, 2011 at 11:27 PM
So Lyle, I take it by your comments, you stand by your use of Nazi references? Barb, wanta rethink your view on credibility? Seems like Lyle just placed his credibility in doubt also.
Lyle Ruble July 10, 2011 at 11:38 PM
@Bewildered...Does the statement mean anything to you of "never forget and never again". You're placing your own credibility in jeopardy.
Bob McBride July 11, 2011 at 12:04 AM
Lyle, Having lived in Waukesha county for 9 years prior to returning to this area a number of years back and having known some folks you would no doubt refer to as "extreme conservatives, I can assure you absolutely none of them could be remotely compared to Nazis, as you have. Further, by making such an illogical comparison, you trivialize the well-known actions of actual Nazis - the ones my father fought in WWII. I don't need to tell you what those folks were intent on doing to not only your people, but mine as well. I frankly find it sad that you would make such a comparison. It leaves me with no other conclusion than that you've so invested yourself in this struggle to unseat duly elected representatives and forestall their quite reasonable plans to get our state back on track, that you've lost a great amount of your perspective. I hope for your sake you're able to regain your perspective, as I do believe you have insights in other regards that benefit this ongoing dialogue.
Bewildered July 11, 2011 at 12:19 AM
Lyle, So now you are lecturing on how to be a good Jew? Are you telling me that my objections to your calling conservatives Nazis is causing my "credibility" to be tarnished? Gee, thx for giving me the credibility you now say is in jeopardy!
CowDung July 11, 2011 at 12:24 AM
Beth: It isn't the Flip Flop that I asked about. I was talking about Pasch's claim about the "officers suspected of "very serious offenses like drunk driving, domestic abuse, and even rape" and Darling's proposed amendment. Darling's amendment had nothing to do with officers suspected of serious crimes, yet Pasch states that it does. The amendment, according to the Politifact you posted, was to address officers fired for rules infractions, not "serious crimes".
CowDung July 11, 2011 at 12:32 AM
If you would have gone to the 'Stunning Reversal' article I referred you to, you would have seen that I posted that same Politifact article as evidence of Pasch's lie about Alberta's proposed amendment.
Lyle Ruble July 11, 2011 at 01:06 AM
@Bewildered...I am in no position to either lecture you or judge you; that is your dominion.
Lyle Ruble July 11, 2011 at 01:26 AM
@Bob McBride II...Bob, how do you think the Nazis came to power? Too many people trivialized them and they took advantage of a civilized society that was caught up in the trauma of the First World War and the reparations they were forced to pay. They scape goated one group after another until the good citizens were convinced that extreme nationalism was the only way. I find it most tiresome to see people constantly accusing people they don't agree with as being less than human and only self interested. I admit that Mike hit a button. If we deal strictly with facts, regardless of political position, most people aren't that far apart. It is the extremest of both sides that push the division. I will admit that I have been a little harsh in accusing extreme conservatives as being Nazis and I know that they aren't. Progressives are not communists either and I proudly own my socialist leanings. My apologies for my lack of written discretion.
Linea Sundstrom July 11, 2011 at 01:40 AM
Not to change the subject (yes, please!), I notice that WFBM didn't answer my questions.
Bob McBride July 11, 2011 at 02:12 AM
Lyle, I understand how the Nazis came to power. There's absolutely no correlation between that and anything we're seeing now, nor is there an organization of neo-brownshirts lying in the weeds in Waukesha County. Rather than belabor the issue any further I'll leave it at that and trust that you'll at some point realize it was a bit more than a written indiscretion.
Beth Gregg July 11, 2011 at 02:21 AM
@Cow Dung, I misunderstood your question. I think that this answers your question: http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/123145458.html I think that you are hung up with the semantics, Rep. Pasch said, "suspected of"--not charged with...Chief Flynn says that almost all dismissals are for rules infractions(not the actual crimes of drunk driving, rape and domestic abuse--which by the way would be pretty hard to do while working) and always for cause. Funny, how you can be so hard on Sandy when you readily accept that Alberta "misspoke" about something or misunderstood the intent--even on this subject. Remember, she changed her mind.
Drive To 24 July 11, 2011 at 03:06 AM
He's done. He can't handle it!
CowDung July 11, 2011 at 03:52 AM
Pasch is indeed playing a game of semantics. The cops in question aren't being fired for being 'suspected of' serious offenses like "drunk driving, domestic abuse, and even rape", but Pasch intentionally makes it sound like they are...
A Resident of WFB July 11, 2011 at 09:25 AM
Does anyone think WFB Mike's wife should represent us on the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation? Here is their mission... http://www.wfbcivicfoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4&Itemid=5 I mean really now....
John July 12, 2011 at 03:35 PM
"I want everyone to remember that after the elections, no matter how they turn out, that we will have to find ways to bridge the differences and come together as a single community." - yeah: like our new Governor Walker so tactfully and skillfully, with great vision to the future, united our State so effectively with his "Love me, love my dogma-no room for compromise" behavior! Ha! What a joke! We're now MORE DIVIDED and POLARIZED than we have ever been!
JGK August 30, 2011 at 04:42 PM
We would not have to worry about outsourcing jobs if countries like China would just start to unionize like us....and get to the 25 to 30 hour work week.. JGK


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