Are Elizabeth Warren Signs Being Stolen From Wellesley Lawns?

More than a few emails to Wellesley Patch could indicate yes.

There have been reports of lawn sign thefts taking place in Wellesley, but only for one candidate.

A Wellesley Patch reader wrote in yesterday to explain that signs endorsing Elizabeth Warren for U.S. Senator are being from Wellesley residents’ front lawns.

The reader reports a sign has even been stolen off of the property of Amy Benjamin, leader of Wellesley for Warren.

Democrat Elizabeth Warren opposes Republican Sen. Scott Brown for the seat.

Have you noticed the signs missing? Have you had signs stolen from your property? Sound off in the comments below.

Howard Kosrofian September 28, 2012 at 01:35 PM
MJ September 28, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I don't put out signs but two of my neighbors had their Warren signs stolen. On the other hand, Howie Carr's house doesn't have a lawn sign-- it's a billboard for Scott Brown!
Amy Benjamin September 28, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Hi Brett, 10 of our supporters have reported their signs stolen (yes, including mine) -- and this is just a sample. But what is even more disturbing is the uncivil and ugly tone seeping into this race -- not just in the media, but here in Wellesley (and evidenced by Mr Kosrofian's comment above). We weren't surprised by the Brown campaign's "tomahawk chop" moment. Wellesley Warren supporters have been taunted and had racist epithets shouted at them by our Brown-supporting neighbors for months. Like the man who came out of the Maugus Restaurant to yell at our small Wellesley Parade delegation: "Where's Pocahantas!" Or the driver who pulled to the side of the road in front of Quebrada where I was holding signs with a young family and leaned out the window, yelling "I'll be voting for her for Tribal Elder!" Or the voter at Roche Brothers who told a Wellesley College student volunteer collecting ballot signatures simply to "go to Hell." In every new volunteer training or gathering, before we go out to canvass door to door, I remind my volunteers that we are neighbors first, and that we have an opportunity (and obligation) to help promote civility and elevate the political discourse. I wish the same could be said for those spouting the ugly Indian epithets. Stolen signs seem like a small issue compared with how we treat each other in our own community.
Larry Lawfer September 28, 2012 at 03:44 PM
"Stolen signs seem like a small issue compared with how we treat each other in our own community" Thank you Amy Benjamin from adding civil back into discourse.
wellesleymom September 28, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I saw a clip of Brown's staffers shouting and whooping at Warren supporters. Well, If they do it I guess we should expect this poor behavior from supporters too. If it is happening in Wellesley, it is happening across the state. Perhaps Brown could actually do something statesman-like and calm this uncivil behavior down. Guess we can't count on that either. Pretty poor showing from the entire Brown camp.
Lise Olney September 28, 2012 at 08:02 PM
As a Wellesley resident and Warren campaign volunteer, I have first-hand experience with the "Indian" war whoops, ridicule, and inexplicable rage of Brown supporters right here in our town. It may be young pranksters who are switching and stealing campaign signs, but it is full-grown adults who are injecting hate into the political conversation in Wellesley. Surely we can all agree that hate has no place in our town.
Amy Benjamin September 29, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Addendum: as of end of today, 16 Wellesley supporters have reported their Warren signs stolen.
roy switzler September 29, 2012 at 08:18 AM
I don't know about Warren signs, but I do know that Senator Scott Brown and 4th District Congressional candidate Sean Bielat signs have been stolen. Evidentially, the neophyte Warren for Senate and Kennedy for Congress campaigns believe that the juvenile activity of stealing political signs is fun! Before the September 6th Primary Bielat signs were stolen and replaced with Kennedy signs and Brown signs stolen and replaced with Warren signs and other Bielat signs just outright stolen. From my front lawn on last Saturday and on other properties around town, between 6PM and 10PM, Senator Brown signs were stolen and replaced with Warren signs and Bielat signs just stolen. The Brown and Bielat signs have been replaced and if anyone from the Warren campaign wishes to contact me, I'll be happy to give back to them the sign placed on my property. As others have done, I'm installing security equipment at my home. I recommend that if anyone has had trespass of this sort or theft of a sign at their property, that they contact the Wellesley Police Department. Signs cost $3 to $5 and if the practice of stealing them escalates in a campaign the activity becomes a costly one. It's a shame to see that those who are guilty have forgotten about our "Right of Free Speech", that many Americans have fought and died for over the centuries and which is here being abridged and should leave well enough alone.
Howard Kosrofian September 29, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Talking about the spark that can spread the fire of hate and rage. I would say both Warren and Obama, with there constent class warfare, has helped divide this country more than anytime since the Civil War.
Sandi Eaton September 29, 2012 at 09:55 PM
People really need to grow up .... What do they really think stealing the signs will do change people's minds who they are going to vote for. Seriouslly it's time to be respectful and not take something down because you have a different view.
stephanie aude October 01, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Hi, I live in North Andover and I'm helping to lead the Warren campaign up here. So far we have twelve signs (that we know of) and one banner that have been stolen. As far as we know, looking over the police blotter and talking to police officers no Brown signs have been taken. It's not just means of limiting free speech. This is also trespassing. The campaign has been very calm and responsive to our concerns saying, "there is always one or two guys in every town with zero education and nothing to do -- so we just let it go." Basically, I agree -- we cannot change the minds or hearts of those people. But which other towns are having this problem? This is newsworthy in my opinion.
SC October 07, 2012 at 02:05 AM
In Sherborn, Scott Brown signs are being stolen repeatedly (mine included) and if you search the Internet there are multiple stories of Brown signs being stolen in other communities. You are naive to think that only Warren signs are being stolen. There are jerks on both sides. You just like to believe it is the opposition that plays dirty.
Trebika Johnson October 11, 2012 at 06:20 PM
I'm a black woman and I feel as though Ms. Warren stole the opertunity of a true minority. She claims to be for the little guys,but then she,herself, takes from them! Steals! The woman is a thief. God damn her to HELL!


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