Colorado parade goers say postal trucks advocated politics
LOUISVILLE, Colo. – The U.S. Postal Service is investigating complaints that some postal vehicles appeared at a Labor Day parade in Louisville with signs supporting President Barack Obama’s health proposals.
Some residents in the town 20 miles north of Denver say they saw the signs on postal vehicles and a public bus. The signs said “health care can’t wait” and “no more business as usual.”
“They were basically supporting ‘ObamaCare,'” paradegoer Ted Hine said afterward. “That’s not what public funds should be used for.”
The Regional Transportation District bus and the postal truck also displayed banners supporting the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations. The signs supported a bill pending in Cognress that would change the way unions organize.
Al DeSarro, a regional spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service, said he would investigate the complaints. He says postal vehicles are allowed in parades – but that they shouldn’t have had political or union signs on them.
“We don’t present any type of political message on our postal-owned vehicles in any way,” DeSarro told the Camera newspaper in Boulder.
Democratic Rep. Jared Polis was at the parade and told Hine he’d look into the signs as well.
Larkin Hosmer, of Boulder, said he also saw the signs and thought they were inappropriate no matter what the message was.
“I don’t care whether it’s conservative, liberal or whatever – taxpayer dollars shouldn’t be used for political purposes,” Hosmer said.
DeSarro apologized for the political messaging.
“It’s something we definitely are pretty strict about,” he said. “This won’t happen again.”
Information from: Daily Camera, http://www.dailycamera.com