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Brent Kovac, the president of the Mon Valley Republican Committee, claims his First Amendment right was violated when his landlord painted over the large ‚ÄúImpeach Obama‚ÄĚ sign he posted outside his Port Vue, Pa., business.
Kovac told CBS Pittsburgh that he has rented the same office space for nine years and has put up political signs before without causing any problems. However, he claims the sign calling for President Barack Obama‚Äôs impeachment was painted over within 48 hours. Kovac also says his landlord warned him that he would be evicted if he didn‚Äôt take down the sign.
In an act of defiance, Kovac on Monday repainted the exact same message on the sign, several days after it had been covered.
The sign is intended to support the ‚ÄúOverpasses for Obama‚Äôs Impeachment‚ÄĚ campaign, though Kovac said the message is now a symbol of his free speech under the U.S. Constitution.
‚ÄúIf I would‚Äôve put an ‚ÄėI love Obama‚Äô mural up there, I would probably have every ACLU lawyer from here to San Francisco in a circle up there holding hands in front of my sign,‚ÄĚ Kovac told the CBS affiliate.