It would appear that this year’s election battle is getting a bit too down and dirty.
Fayette County commission chairman Steve Brown, who’s running for reelection, says that fellow commissioner and supporter Randy Ognio had his car vandalized at a Peachtree City parking lot over the weekend.
According to Brown, when Ognio returned to his truck - which boasted one of Brown’s large campaign signs on the back- parked in the Braelinn Shopping Center’s Kroger parking area, “some malicious person or persons had taken a metal object and destroyed the paint on both sides of the vehicle.”
Brown said that he’s almost gotten used to this type of malicious mischief against him as it had already happened in two previous elections.
“The first time I ran against Harold Logsdon, I had all my yard signs stolen from people's personal property in around 72 hours. This is the main reason I have opted not to use yard signs, in general, in the current primary election. It's sad, but I did not want to waste campaign contributions on signs that would, most likely, be stolen. The theft and destruction of property has to stop.
“Criminal activity as a source of creating fear and non-participation in the political process is disgracefully and inexcusable.”
Ognio said he parked the truck at the parking lot at around 11 a.m., had removed his own magnetic company decals from the vehicle and just left the Brown sign on the back. When he returned at around 7 p.m., the driver’s side of the truck was sporting long scratches on both doors.
“I put my company signs in the truck so they wouldn’t get stolen,” said Ognio. “I never thought that someone would do something like this. Either somebody doesn’t like me or doesn’t like Steve Brown. I don’t know.”
Brown said Peachtree City police had been in contact with him, noting they had reviewed the shopping center security video but couldn’t, as yet, find anything conclusive as to exactly what happened to the two doors on the truck.
“I really appreciate the Peachtree City police department’s attention to detail.”
Brown is offering a $500 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for “this act of political intimidation.”