King campaign says Fischer’s son stole yard signs

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.


  1. Really?
    Posted May 18, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Who calls a teenager concerned about the respect of his family classless?

    Jim King, attacking teenagers when they are scrambling to land an attack that sticks.

    Truly awful.

  2. Brad
    Posted May 18, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Jim King acts like this is an issue. He makes it out like Greg Fisher’s son was a grown man acting under the orders of his nefarious father. Instead, this is a teenager pulling a prank — if it’s even true. While I appreciate that this is a politically sensitive time, if parents had to answer for all the stupid things their teenagers did, they’d have time to do nothing else.

  3. Phillip M. Bailey
    Posted May 18, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    “Instead, this is a teenager pulling a prank — if it’s even true.”

    While certainly low hanging fruit the story appears legit. And despite repeated requests for a comment, the Fischer campaign has not denied the report.

    In fact, late last night a campaign spokesperson acknowledged the controversy and in an e-mail LEO wrote: “It was a misunderstanding,” which was a vague response and does not answer our follow-up questions.

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