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Texas police confiscate political yard sign showing elephant with trunk up girl’s skirt

A campaign sign in Central Texas this week drew the scorn of an elected state official — and then it was confiscated by police.

At issue in the small community of Hamilton was a homemade yard sign featuring an elephant decorated in red, white and blue with its trunk up the skirt of a female saying the word “Help.” The sign said “Your vote matters.”

Other signs promoting Democrats from U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke to Agriculture Commissioner candidate Kim Olson were in the background.

This “is supposed to be Judge Kavanaugh’s young daughter,” Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller posted along with the photos on Facebook this week. “The Democrat sleaze knows NO bounds!”

Marion Stanford, who made the sign, told the Dallas Morning News she did paint it after watching Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testify before Congress. But she said the female on the sign was not Kavanaugh’s daughter.

She sad it was echoing a cartoon by Ann Telnaes of the Washington Post.

Even so, Miller’s Facebook post drew attention to Stanford and her sign, prompting countless reactions, including those that called for her to be arrested.

Police did show up at her home.

Some say she was told to remove the sign or it would be confiscated. City officials said police visited Stanford’s home and she asked them to take the sign, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Either way, the sign is gone.

And Miller posted again on Facebook that he’s happy with the result.

“I’m glad that I called out this offensive campaign sign and am pleased that hundreds of others did so as well,” he said. “It’s vulgar and just plain wrong and it had no place in someone’s yard visible from the street.

“Not only was the sign an attack on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s daughter, it made a mockery of sexual assault which is NO laughing matter,” he continued. “The sign’s owner even threatened to sue me for bringing it to the public’s attention. I told her to ‘Bring It!’”

Hamilton, a city with about 3,000 residents, is 100 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

The election is Nov. 6.

Early voting runs from Oct. 22-Nov. 2 and the deadline to register to vote is Tuesday.

Anna Tinsley: 817-390-7610, @annatinsley
 


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