OAK CREEK â€” For the second straight day, police took calls Tuesday, May 15th from people reporting their â€śScott Walkerâ€ť 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.
â€śItâ€™s kind of irritating that people stoop to this kind of stuff. Itâ€™s just a sign, but on the other hand, itâ€™s kind of bullying,â€ť Wille said.
â€śIt seems like when the weather gets warm, kids get anxious. Weâ€™ve had cars egged, and weâ€™ve had ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise â€” anything you can put on cars to peel the paint off has been on cars in this area,â€ť one neighbor said.
There is no doubt in Willeâ€™s mind that the burning of these signs was politically motivated. â€śThere a lot of stuff around here you couldâ€™ve picked up and burned, but nothing else was touched. Just the three signs,â€ť Wille said.
Adding to Willeâ€™s suspicions are the charred Walker signs found Monday, May 14th in Fox Point. The issue went to Walkerâ€™s opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. â€śIâ€™ve been involved in campaigns for many, many years and Iâ€™ve yet to see a campaign where there werenâ€™t complaints about yard signs. I think on both sides, people should cool their jets if theyâ€™re gonna be doing things that amount to criminal action,â€ť Barrett said.
As for Wille, he wasted no time replacing his sign, and even got one for his neighbor. â€śI figure if you donâ€™t replace it, they win, and weâ€™re not going to let them win,â€ť Wille said.
Oak Creek police say theyâ€™ll follow any leads they get but say since it only involves about $50 worth of damage, itâ€™s not a priority case.