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Shane Macomber/Vail DailyA burned George W. Bush sign stands on the side of I-70 near the Wolcott exit, Sunday in Wolcott.
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President Bush’s campaign co-chairs Randy Milhoan and Henri Stone said the Bush campaign gave them five Bush 2004 highway signs, four feet by eight feet. All were placed on private property, with the owners’ permission, they said. Within hours all were torn down or vandalized and one along Interstate 70 in Wolcott was burned.

“This is the same mindset as cross burning in the South,” said Stone.

Highway signs for Republican Senate candidate Pete Coors were also torn down twice at the Avon exit, Stone said.

None of John Kerry’s or Ken Salazar’s signs, both Democrats, were touched, said Stone.

“Democracy cannot work with Chicago mafia and with Hitler-style brown shirts destroying property,” said Stone

She said they replaced the Avon signs three times in two days, after putting them up in the first place. She said the Wolcott “Bush 2004” sign is burned beyond repair.

The Avon signs are located at the William Post exit off I-70. The Wolcott sign is on the south side of I-70.

“The senior citizens in this community are afraid to put Bush Cheney stickers on their cars for fear of violence against their vehicles or themselves,” said Stone. “Many of them are older ladies who live alone. I thought this was silly until I saw the burned sign in Wolcott. I took that seriously. It is more than mere vandalism. Take a look. It will make you think seriously about what the Democratic Party in Eagle County is up to.”

Eagle County Sheriff Joe Hoy said he has assigned an investigator to the case. Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters from the Eagle River Fire Protection District responded to the fire, which was Saturday evening. By the time firefighters arrived, the fire had burned itself out.

“I can’t charge them with violating the fire ban because it was lifted last week,” said Hoy.

District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said those responsible for destroying the signs could face charges of arson, criminal mischief, trespassing and possibly theft. If caught and convicted, Hurlbert said they could face fines and jail time.

Stone said the politics of destruction will not prevail.

“I have just begun to put up Bush signs in this county,” she said.

Local Democrats did not return phone calls by press time.


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