Frampton outraged over stolen Obama signs

Oct. 30, 2008 at 5:35 PM
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CINCINNATI, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- British-born rocker Peter Frampton says someone keeps stealing the Barack Obama signs off his lawn in the largely Republican Cincinnati suburb of Indian Hill.

"They are frustrating my attempt to use my First Amendment right to speech and political speech is supposedly the most protected," Frampton, a naturalized U.S. citizen, told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "It bugs me that people are breaking the law because it bugs them so much. ... I put up some more signs, and they are still there today, but I don't hold out much hope. ... The reason I became a citizen is because I wanted to be able to vote and be part of being an American."

Frampton said that calling The Enquirer to discuss the sign-snatching problem marked the first time he has ever reached out to the media and asked to be interviewed.

He also warned that he has installed video surveillance equipment in his yard to catch whoever is messing with his message.

"You won't see it, but it's there," he said of the camera system. "The more they steal my signs, the more I have to donate to my candidate to get more signs. There is an anti-productive thing to their cause."

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