On the eve of the May 18 primary, the top two Democrats in the race for mayor of Louisville are embroiled in a controversy over campaign yard signs.
According to Democratic mayoral candidate Jim King’s campaign, earlier this evening, Democratic front-runner Greg Fischer’s son, George, walked into their headquarters carrying two large “Jim King for Mayor” yard signs that his younger brother had allegedly taken from private property.
The King yard signs were placed at the home of Patricia Barnstable, who is a King supporter and is a neighbor of the Fischer family. She also hosts the annual fund-raising Barnstable Brown party during The Kentucky Derby.
The King campaign says that Fischer’s son came into their offices with the advertisements, saying they were placed too close to his family’s house and were only put there to disturb them.
The Fischer campaign could not be reached for comment.
“In the last hours of a spirited campaign and on the eve of the election, the candidate who says character matters most shows us his real character. Greg Fischer’s son came into the campaign office carrying one of our signs that was taken from a supporters yard,” says Jonathan Hurst, King’s campaign manager. “It’s a dirty trick that I’ve never heard of in politics. For Fischer’s son, George, to come into our campaign headquarters after taking down our signs from a supporters’ house is classless and possibly illegal. I call on Greg and his campaign to publicly apologize for this undignified and classless act and to place these signs back on the property in which they were found.”
The King campaign says it has yet to hear from the Fischer campaign as to how this situation will be remedied.