by Jason Lamb
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Brentwood Police said they are investigating the repeated vandalism of several campaign signs, all of which are property of a Republican State House candidate.
Beyond simple vandalism, state house hopeful Steve Gawrys, of Franklin, said 14 of his signs have been ripped apart, cut out, and smashed repeatedly over the last week. His supporters called Brentwood Police.
Gawrys said one sign even had a spray-painted phallus on it.
He said damage to his signs has amounted to more than $1,000. Since only his signs were damaged, he said he’s taking it as a targeted attack.
“Obviously someone is pretty angry,” Gawrys said pointing to one of his damaged campaign signs. “They didn't just remove the sign, they cut it into 100 pieces.”
Gawrys is running against longtime incumbent Rep. Charles Sargent in the Republican primary on August 7. Sargent's campaign said they unequivocally deny taking part in any of the damage.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org