Sen. Robinson Campaign Signs Defaced
BALTIMORE — Baltimore City police are investigating vandalism on the campaign trail as re-election signs depicting Sen. Barbara Robinson are being defaced all over the 40th district.
Robinson is a veteran lawmaker with a solid track record in Annapolis. She said something like this has never happened to her before.
Someone is painting “liar” in big, black, bold letters across Robinson campaign signs for the past month. She said she does not know why that message was chosen.
“Because everybody who knows me, knows that I have led for the past 12 years with integrity, with transparency and with honesty,” Robinson said.
Robinson believes that, based on the handwriting, one person is responsible. She said there is a clue to who may be behind it. Someone who supports her opponent has asked several of Robinson’s backers not to vote for her.
“And also asked my supporters to remove my sign. So, when my supporter refused, two days later someone came back to that supporter’s house again, wrote on my sign, took the sign up and threw it on the side,” Robinson said.
Robinson has overcome many roadblocks in her personal life, including being homeless. The former delegate was appointed to the Senate seat of Catherine Pugh in 2016. Her State House accomplishments and plans for the next legislative session reflect issues that are important to west Baltimore residents.
“I’m a voice for the voiceless and hope for the hopeless,” Robinson said.
In addition to defacing her signs, Robinson said someone glued the keyhole in her district office, after ripping down signs inside.
“I don’t feel intimidated and I don’t feel bullied. I just feel regret and sorrow for the person who did it.” Robinson said.
In a response from Del. Antonio Hayes, “The Antonio Hayes for Senate Campaign is not responsible and does not condone this type of behavior. We are running a positive grassroots campaign door-to-door.”
Defacing political signs is illegal. Potential charges include vandalism, destruction of property and trespassing.