Property owner says he wanted campaign sign down, not black magic

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

June 26, 2012 at 1:26 a.m.
Updated June 27, 2012 at 1:27 a.m.

A disgruntled property owner - not black magic - is responsible for covering up a Victoria County candidate's campaign sign Sunday.

Alfredo Rojas, 62, of Bloomington, said Tuesday that although he told a volunteer for the Annie Ramos' Precinct 1 commissioner campaign he "might let them put the sign up," he did not give explicit permission.

The sign went up June 14 at his home about four miles outside Bloomington, Rojas said.

"I said come get your sign down and get it off my property or else I'm going to bring that sign down," Rojas said. "They never came to get it."

By June 17, he decided to nail a black sheet over it. He took the sign down Monday evening.

Last week, when Ramos found out about the sheet, she said "black magic" might be responsible.

Ramos said her campaign volunteers posted the sign.

"He never called me," she said. "I never talked to him."

She did not comment about whether the campaign had permission to post the sign.

"I'm not going to say any more. I don't want any more problems," she said. "This is the first time I've dealt with this in my campaigns."

Ramos' opponent in the July 31 runoff election, Danny Garcia, said he did not want the incident to reflect on his campaign.

"It's been insinuated that I'm the one doing it," he said. "There's no black magic, there's no evil spirits. ... He took the sign down because they didn't have permission in the first place."



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