In the small town of Hanson in Mitt Romney’s home state of Massachusetts, three negative billboards aimed toward President Barack Obama have sparked a bit of controversy with some residents taking offense to the signs while others say it’s a matter of free speech, reports the Milford Daily News.
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In one sign, a pouting young girl is shown in a photo giving the offensive middle finger gesture with the following text: “Thanks Obama. You’ve spent my lunch money, my allowance, my inheritance, 35 years of future paychecks and my retirement. You Jerk. Vote Mitt Romney For 2012!”
Just outside motorcycle parts store Sullivans, Inc., another sign reads: “Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot. Obama One Big Ass Mistake America, Vote Mitt Romney for 2012!”
Eric Folsom, a 27-year-old father, isn’t amused by the signs and has taken pains to hide their existence from his young daughter. ““If my [6-year-old daughter] saw that, she’d say ‘Why is that little girl doing that? What does that mean?’” said Folsom. “How do I explain that?”
The man behind the billboards, business owner Robert Sullivan, agreed to take questions from reporters on the ground. But, according to Sullivan’s attorney, billboards are a matter of free speech although the signs are not in accordance with the law, according to building commissioner and zoning enforcement officer Robert P. Curran.
Sullivan’s attorney, Roger S. Davis of Quincy, had this to say: