Caught on Film: Campaign Sign Theft
The following images show former ANC 5B10 ANC Kathy Henderson (who was denied a place of the Democratic Primary ballot for Ward 5 Councilmember) removing Kwame Brown and Harry Thomas Jr. signs from in front of the Capital City Diner, and replacing them with Fenty signs. The images were sent to me by the owner of Capital City Diner, and he stated that Ms. Henderson did not have permission to remove the signs. This is not the first time Ms. Henderson has been accused of ripping down the signs of political rivals, but it is the first time that I have seen photographic evidence of such behavior. Ms. Henderson is now running as an independent for the Ward 5 seat.
And here we have to emails from Kathy Henderson to local listservs. My favorite part is when she accuses Councilmember Thomas and Matt Ashburn of fraud. So what comes first for Ms. Henderson, some kind of legal sanction for removing the signs, or a libel suit? I'm taking bets.
To: Eckington@yahoogroups.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: 9/5/2010 10:10:45 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: [Eckington] Say it ain't so.....
To Anyone that Actually Cares:
Cap City Diner owner Matt Ashburn asked me to remove the signs and replace them with Fenty signs because he was hoping Mayor Fenty would visit the Diner while campaigning for re-election. Mr. Ashburn claimed he allowed our Councilmember to place the signs on his property because "...I felt sorry for him and did not want to say no". An hour after I replaced the signs they were removed. Apparently, Mr. Ashburn used this deception as a photo opportunity.
It makes me wonder what went wrong between himself and his business partner who is trying to sell his share of the business. Mr. Ashburn has a restraining order against his business partner; perhaps this type of deceitful behavior eroded the goodwill between them.
Fw: Re: [5DCAC] Fwd: [Eckington] Say it ain't so.....
Re: [5DCAC] Fwd: [Eckington] Say it ain't so.....
September 6, 2010 11:54:53 AM EDT
As you should know filing a false police report is unlawful. You will be held accountable for participating in known fraud with Matt Ashburn. Using deception to bolster your campaign is typical; however, in this case encouraging Matt Ashburn to pursue a police report that he knows is false will have dire consequences for you. At the end of the day, your tenure as councilmember is still disappointing and no amount of sabotage will change that.