Virginia GOP Seizes on Obama Yard Sign Shortage
In an effort to raise money, the Republican Party of Virginia is seizing on the shortage of yard signs for Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
"While grassroots Democrats are getting discouraged by their lack of materials like yard signs, RPV is working hard to make sure all of our supporters have the yard signs, bumper stickers and materials they need," Frederick wrote in a fundraising appeal, which also took aim at liberals."For example, we've delivered tens-of-thousands of yard signs to our Victory offices in just the last two week. Your most generous gift will help us launch an all-out 30-Day offensive, and will enable us to continue to keep supplies coming."
Frederick was referring to a report that some Democrats are disgruntled that Obama staffers have downplayed the importance of the traditional yard signs, which have long been a big part of Virginia campaigns.
C. Richard Cranwell, the chairman of the Virginia Democratic Party, said he has received a deluge of complaints from Democratic activists and local committees over their inability to get yard signs.
"I keep calling Mitch Stewart," said Cranwell, referring to Obama's Virginia director. "But I tell everybody, in this case, it's not about yard signs, spend your money on ID-ing voters and getting them to the polls."
When told of Frederick's fundraising appeal, Cranwell responded, "keep putting those yard signs in your supporters yards, they are going to vote for McCain anyway."
He added, "Yes, I would like to have more yard signs, but the people who call for yard signs are the people who are going to vote for Obama anyway, including my sister."
But one Obama Virginia supporter wrote the Washington Post this morning threatening to withhold her vote for him because of the yard sign flap.
September 25, 2008; 12:40 PM ET
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