No Republican is surprised when Democrats try to squelch free speech. From the Fairness Doctrine to Dems branding tea party supporters as “extremists,” stamping out those who disagree is a leftwing tradition.
In Franklin, Ohio, officials tried to squelch messaging from a supporter of Republican nominee Gov. Mitt Romney, but they failed.
The Columbus Dispatch told the story of retired carpenter Richard Justman who had parked two vehicles, one a truck, with Romney signs near a Franklin County voting center.
The vehicles were parked legally. Fellow Republicans stood alongside Justman; a couple tables were also set up.
Still, elections board officials called the cops.
Justman called his attorney [yes, we do have some very good attorneys in our camp].
Turns out Justman was exercising his right to free speech in a perfectly legal manner, and he won the battle.
Here’s the bigger rub noted by the newspaper:
Democrats have parked in the same spots while handing out campaign literature outside the early-voting center, located in a former Kohl's store at 1700 Morse Rd.
Ohio is a swing state, and state polls currently have Romney and President Barack Obama in a virtual tie.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Oct. 23, 2012)