"Last night a business on South 15th street displaying a Kraus sign had a plate glass window shattered. (Pictures attached) No windows displaying Koch signs are known to have been damaged."Here are pictures of the second Kraus supporter store to be vandalized:
Notice Kraus sign in the window on the right?
The League asks Mayor Ravenstahl and other City Officials to "step up and ensure safe, fair elections and to discourage voter intimidation and campaign violence in the days between."
The full press release:
Broken Windows, Stolen Signs Intimidate Kraus Supporters in District 3
Mayor: Please Step Up and Ensure Fair, Safe Election
Pittsburgh, PA: The Pennsylvania League of Young Voters Political Action Committee calls on Mayor Ravenstahl and City Officials to step up and ensure safe, fair elections and to discourage voter intimidation and campaign violence in the days between.
Just days after city workers were photographed wearing Koch shirts on city time and suspended for the violation, Kraus supporters and residents of District 3 have experienced increased levels of intimidation, violence and vitriol in this already heated race.
Throughout the campaign Kraus signs have repeatedly been stolen. But this week the negative campaigning escalated to violence. Two businesses displaying Kraus signs were vandalized on two consecutive days near the Carson Street business district. The first, located at the corner of 18th and Carson, was playing a commercial for Bruce Kraus on a large TV in its 18th street window. Sometime over night on Friday or Saturday someone threw a brick threw the window. Last night a business on South 15th street displaying a Kraus sign had a plate glass window shattered. (Pictures attached) No windows displaying Koch signs are known to have been damaged.
With the escalation in violence and shady campaigning the PA League of Young Voters PAC is concerned that Election Day will bring widespread efforts to disfranchise voters in District Three. PLYV PAC calls on Mayor Ravenstahl and city officials to take steps to ensure safe and fair elections for all city residents and in light of recent events, especially District 3.
"The Mayor and City Officials have an obligation, both ethical and legal, to end this sort of shady campaigning and ensure that citizens in District Three can exercise their conscience in the voting booth on May 15th" stated Lou Takacs, chair of the PLYV PAC.The PLYV PAC also calls on the officials to look into these incidents along with the continued incidents of city workers wearing Koch shirts even after several members of Public Works were suspended for the same violation.