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Defaced Romney, Ryan Sign in Malibu Being Investigated as Vandalism

The homeowner, who manages the GOP headquarters in Malibu, said an egg and other garbage has been thrown on the deck of her home on Pacific Coast Highway.

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department is investigating a report that an election sign promoting the Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan presidential ticket was defaced at a home on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.

Bonnie and Richard Coleman, who live in the 21000 block of Pacific Coast Highway, called the Lost Hills/Malibu sheriff's station Tuesday morning, reporting that the sign was defaced with phallic symbols and the words "lesbians" and "gay sex" etched over the candidates names.

"It seems like someone very young," said Bonnie Coleman, who helps run the GOP headquarters at the old courthouse in Malibu. She said the sign was put up on Sunday afternoon.

The sheriff's department is investigating the incident as vandalism and not a hate crime, according to sheriff's Sgt. John Skikas.

"It was just spray paint. There is no suspect information at this time," Skikas said. "This is the only incident that has been reported. We certainly don’t think any one group has been targeted. It seems to be a case of random vandalism."

Coleman said she does believe her home is being targeted because she and her husband are registered Republicans.

"I think it is because we are Republican and because it is accessible to someone who is walking by on PCH," Coleman said.

She said that a sign put up during the primaries was also vandalized in a similar way.

"I had a Romney sign on our gate next to the garage door that read 'Believe in America.' It was taken down so I put another one back up and that was taken down and someone put it back up with the words 'Believe in Gay Sex,'" Coleman said. "We’ve also had an egg thrown on the deck and garbage."

The Colemans, who have lived at the Malibu home for 29 years, plan to continue their support of Romney and Ryan.

"I’m going to keep putting signs up," she said.

Carolyn Wallace October 10, 2012 at 04:33 AM
In every election in this town we end up with all groups getting signs defaced. it is really unfortunate that some people would like to deny others freedom of expression. I disagree with the Colemans' eleciton choice, but support their right to publicize their support of the candidate of their choice, and deplore destruction of their property
Jeffery Goddard October 10, 2012 at 12:34 PM
We live in Studio City and for the past 12 years, any time we posted an election sign for a Republican, within days it would be stolen.
JBB October 10, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Last election my McCain sign was sprayed with black paint the first night it was up. The prior election I probably went through at least 6 Bush yard signs that were removed every night I put one out. This is always what has been the state of political discourse in Malibu. This is done by the same people who tout diversity, that is as long as you agree with them.
Martha Fling October 10, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I found the best way to display an election sign after mine were stolen is to tack them up on the second story eaves. LOTS of them! This can be the most intolerant city if you don't adhere to the "party line". I think I will go down and pick up a bunch of signs and display them as such.
Beverly Taki October 10, 2012 at 03:07 PM
This is a very disturbing story as it reminds me of how Malibu has changed since I moved here 31 years ago. This is not the same Malibu that I raised my son in. I feel lucky that I was able to enjoy the old Malibu, but reading the press about the new Malibu is not a good feeling. What ever happened to one of the greatest commandments,"Love your neighbor as yourself"? I applaud the Coleman's who will stand by their beliefs and continue to support Romney, who is the candidate they feel can best lead this country and the world towards peace and prosperity. Perhaps all leaders in our country including our city could lead better if the people could live by love versus hate. My hope is for peace in Malibu, California and the United States of America. May God bless us all!
John October 10, 2012 at 04:52 PM
This is funny. I don't agree with vandalism but seriously, this is not a major crime. Settle down and get back inside your multi-million dollar homes and have your nanny calm the kids down.
Joseph Delano October 10, 2012 at 06:05 PM
"Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked, outraged, and offended to discover that there ARE other views......." William F Buckley
Marshall Thompson October 10, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Enjoy a little class warfare John? Your comment is not worthy of you. Actually this is a little more serious than that. It is an infringement of free speech our most prized asset as a nation, especially political speech. A little 14 year old girl in Afghanistan just took a bullet in the head for speaking her mind in support of educating girls. It IS serious.
Cece Stein October 10, 2012 at 07:24 PM
The main stream media has tried to lead us to believe that the political right has the patent on hate and intolerance. Not so! My observations lead me to believe that the left sometimes reacts emotionally or negatively when challenged on debating viewpoints other than there own. For instance, if someone disagrees with President Obama's policies, some liberals automatically call them a racist or a bigot because it is not possible to be critical or disagree with their viewpoint .
Joseph Delano October 10, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Cece - what do you mean "SOMETIMES?" This is Saul Alinsky 101 tactic. Very useful when one is completely lacking facts and accurate information. When in doubt, call names and throw food as wouild a frustrated child.
Hans Laetz October 10, 2012 at 09:04 PM
And all liberals do this, in your opinion?
tony October 10, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Hey Einstein. This type of vandalism happens in ALL communities. and is generally intended to hurt the people on the right. Why do far left Loons constantly have to be so aggressive and vicious because you do not have their same beliefs. Unbelievable. It sounds like you Johnny boy are one of them.
Ann Tomkins October 12, 2012 at 02:27 PM
If you really want to catch the person defacing your campaign signs then why don't you spend the money on security cameras, rather than waste police resources.

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