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August 9, 2012

Poltical signs destroyed, Mullin and Faught campaigns battle

CLAREMORE — The conflict between Republican candidates George Faught and Markwayne Mullin continues as Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials file a report with the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office for destruction of property.

Deputies were notified by ODOT employee Mike Loudermilk that the facility located at Hwy 66 and Lowery Rd. had an issue with campaign signs that were destroyed on the property. ODOT was storing political signs that were found in the highway right-of-way. 
Representatives with both Mullin and Faught’s campaigns were notified of the signs and were asked to retrieve them.
An individual named “Trevor” with the Mullin campaign had come into the yard to pick up some of the signs and also destroyed signs that belonged to Faught, according to the report.
Campaign news releases indicate that Trevor Shanklin is the grassroots director for the Mullin campaign.
“The thing that is frustrating is that this was done by a paid staffer, not a rogue volunteer and it is despicable,” Faught  campaign manager Elisha Krauss said.
 When the Faught campaign complained, deputies took the report for information purposes only, according to the report.
Krauss said, “Nobody from the campaign complained or even knew about the incident until Aug. 6.”
The report was filed with the Sheriff on July 24, according to records. Krauss said she was not sure why the report stated they had complained.
“We have had issues with signs across the district,” Krauss said. “Signs have been removed, painted, slashed and we have had eye witness accounts of Mullin’s representatives causing the damage throughout the area.”
Tim Ross, Mullin’s campaign manager, said “No one on our staff has destroyed any signs of our opponent. We are focused strictly on contacting voters and running a positive campaign.”
Faught’s campaign takes campaign funds very seriously and the work that was done by the people that donated it, so the sign destruction is serious, she explained.

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