OAK CREEK ‚ÄĒ For the second straight day, police took calls Tuesday, May 15th from people reporting their ‚ÄúScott Walker‚ÄĚ yard signs had been burned. It happened overnight in Oak Creek, after happening early Sunday, May 13th in Fox Point.
Jerry Wille stands with Gov. Scott Walker, and is not afraid to show it. His yard sign, along with at least three others were snatched overnight and burned in the middle of the street. Other neighbors wonder whether the culprits are political enemies, or just young people looking to cause trouble.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs kind of irritating that people stoop to this kind of stuff. It‚Äôs just a sign, but on the other hand, it‚Äôs kind of bullying,‚ÄĚ Wille said.
‚ÄúIt seems like when the weather gets warm, kids get anxious. We‚Äôve had cars egged, and we‚Äôve had ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise ‚ÄĒ anything you can put on cars to peel the paint off has been on cars in this area,‚ÄĚ one neighbor said.
There is no doubt in Wille‚Äôs mind that the burning of these signs was politically motivated. ‚ÄúThere a lot of stuff around here you could‚Äôve picked up and burned, but nothing else was touched. Just the three signs,‚ÄĚ Wille said.
Adding to Wille‚Äôs suspicions are the charred Walker signs found Monday, May 14th in Fox Point. The issue went to Walker‚Äôs opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. ‚ÄúI‚Äôve been involved in campaigns for many, many years and I‚Äôve yet to see a campaign where there weren‚Äôt complaints about yard signs. I think on both sides, people should cool their jets if they‚Äôre gonna be doing things that amount to criminal action,‚ÄĚ Barrett said.
As for Wille, he wasted no time replacing his sign, and even got one for his neighbor. ‚ÄúI figure if you don‚Äôt replace it, they win, and we‚Äôre not going to let them win,‚ÄĚ Wille said.
Oak Creek police say they‚Äôll follow any leads they get but say since it only involves about $50 worth of damage, it‚Äôs not a priority case.