Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., was tired of campaign signs disappearing so his team placed electronic tracking devices inside some of the signs to catch the alleged thief, which led them to the door of a liberal activist with a history of opposing the GOP lawmaker.
The end result was classic, as Reed campaign manager Nick Weinstein showed up on the doorstep of Gary McCaslin, head of the anti-Reed group Citizens for a Better Southern Tier, according to the Ithaca Journal.
That the the culprit was a retired pastor makes it all the better. Or should that be all the worse?
Typical of a liberal, McCaslin distracts from the embarrassment of getting caught by belittling the candidate for using a tracking device.
“I can’t believe this, Nick. You tracked this sign to my house?” McCaslin said. “Is Tom Reed that desperate that he has to put little thing like that inside of a sign and track it?”
But a woman in the home, presumably McCaslin’s wife, goes one better. In the spirit of community service, she called the taking of the sign “a gesture of good will!”
“He didn’t pick it up because he wanted to steal your sign,” the woman insisted. “He picked it up so that we would take it off the highway because they were supposed to be taken off the highway.
“Honestly Nick, it was a gesture of goodwill but you’re gonna see it as something horrible because that’s what you do!” she spewed.
The sign, which calls attention to Reed’s liberal opponent, can be seen in the photo below.
Weinstein got the sign back, but McCaslin refused to include the electronic tracker.
“You found the sign, I’m keeping the tracker — you call the police,” he told Weinstein.
The end result? McCaslin was charged with petit larceny, with a court appearance scheduled on July 19.
The liberal activist’s attorney found her calling in this world, as she stated that just because her client had the goods doesn’t mean he committed the crime.
Characteristic of the Popeye character Whimpy promising to “gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today,” attorney Christina Sonsire said McGaslin planned to give the sign to the local board of elections but was confronted before he could do so.
“There is no factual predicate to show that Gary McGaslin committed a crime,” Sonsire said. “We feel strongly that there was no criminal wrongdoing. This shines a light into just how inappropriate the political climate has become.”
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