Political campaigns cost more in Brockport than they do in other small towns because candidates have to factor in the cost of replacing all the campaign signs that simply disappear.
In Brockport, people put up campaign signs and somebody steals them, sometimes on the very night the signs were put out on the front lawn.
It’s a fact of life in Brockport; it happens every night during election campaigns, especially on Friday and Saturday nights.
The signs just seem to vanish. Most of the time all that’s left is the thin metal stakes in the ground. The signs disappear. But nobody seems to know where they go.
You can walk the streets looking for the sign, but most of the time you’re not going to find it.
Okay, Brockport is a college town and maybe stolen campaign signs goes with the territory. But if it’s the college students stealing the signs, what are they doing with them?
It is hard to picture college students decorating their rooms with campaign signs for local candidates.
The vandalized signs aren’t usually smashed or torn and scattered on the street, and you don’t see them sticking out of garbage cans. So where do the stolen signs go?
Answer that question and you get a cookie.
Some people, usually Democrats, spread the rumor that some sleazy college landlords pay their tenants to steal the signs, by giving them a break n the rent.
That might make sense to some, but it doesn’t explain why the campaign signs for Republican candidates disappear in Brockport too. This year the Borrayos put out nine campaign signs for Republican candidates and almost all of them disappeared.
But this year there is a new chapter in the saga of the disappearing campaign signs in Brockport. The signs for one particular Republican candidate are particularly hard to find on the front lawns in the Village, even on the lawns of some prominent Republicans in town.
What happened to all the red and white MAGGIE for Maggie Brooks?
Are the Maggie signs hot items among the college students because of the never-ending corruption charges? Or could it be that it is starting to dawn on some Republicans the Brooks administration is corrupt? Could honest Republicans be removing the Maggie signs from their own front lawns?
That would be a giant step in the right direction. The way some Republicans, and Democrats too, vote the straight party line despite the obvious failings of the party’s candidates is one of the major flaws in the American political system.
On a walk through the village this morning, the rarest campaign sign was a Maggie sign. Maybe it is finally starting to sink in that the investigations by the State Comptroller and the State Attorney General into corruption in Monroe County government are the real deal.
Keep that in mind on Election Day. Just because somebody’s name is on the ballot doesn’t mean that they are qualified to hold office. Too often it only means that they will do what they are told to do by the party leaders and that they will toe the party line no matter what.