CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — With two weeks to go before the 2016 presidential election, a political sign was stolen from a Chesapeake man’s yard.
Walter Cuffee is taking precautions to make sure his campaign signs are safe from harm.
“I’m what you call a political junkie,” Walter Cuffee said, smiling.
Maybe it’s his service as a veteran, or it could be his background.
“I went halfway around the world to fight against communists and to establish a democracy in a foreign country,” he said. “Being African-American, I take my right to vote sacredly because it’s something we haven’t always had the opportunity to do.”
For Walter, political signs are a symbol of the right to vote.
“It shouldn’t be a right that people take for granted,” he said.
He’s waited all October for his Clinton/Kaine 2016 signs. On Sunday, he drove to Norfolk to pick them up.
“When I got up Monday morning, the one was in the ditch,” he said. “Someone had ripped it up and thrown it in the ditch.”
Not discouraged, he went back and got two more signs. One of those was stolen.
“It gave me a sense of not feeling safe, because this is a small thing now, but it could escalate,” he said.
Cuffee called police to file a report. He refuses to take the signs down.
“They would feel it’s a victory, that they’ve intimidated me into not using my right,” he said defiantly.
Instead, he does something else. Each night he walks the signs back behind his home. It is a sad state of affairs if you ask him. He hopes this incident isn’t a sign of things to come.
“Private property that’s one of the basic constitutional rights that you should feel comfortable on your own property,” he said.