Is this a sign of the times?
A candidate for U.S. Congress has been caught on video stealing the signs of his political opponent one day before the primary.
The perpetrator is Tom Guild, a Democrat seeking Oklahoma’s 5th congressional district seat.
The signs belonged to fellow Democrat Kendra Horn, who had her messages posted along a street in Oklahoma City.
Security video posted on YouTube shows Guild casually getting out of his car Monday and removing several of Horn’s signs from their places.
Watch the video:
The Oklahoman reports that after being publicly shamed on social media, Guild offered an apology, stating: “Sometimes, in the heat and rush of a campaign, mistakes are made.”
“On reflection, removing some of my opponent’s signs – for any reason – was a mistake on my part for which I sincerely apologize.”
“There are very important issues at stake in this election, and I urge everyone who has not yet done so to get out tomorrow and vote,” Guild continued.
Meanwhile, Horn took to Twitter, urging that candidates be held accountable for their actions.
“This election isn’t about yard signs, it’s about education and making health care affordable, but voters should hold candidates accountable when it comes to values and ethics as well,” Horn wrote.
“I’m calling on my supporters to focus on talking to their friends and family about our campaign and the issues that matter most to them.”
The Oklahoman notes that one woman who cast an early ballot for Guild yanked her own yard sign for him and regretted voting for him, noting on Facebook she was “extremely disappointed” in his behavior.
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