Incendiary sign in McCain office links Obama to dictators
> Posted by Anthony Man at 9:17 PM
Among the images that greeted visitors to the John McCain campaign office in Pompano Beach this week was a sign headlined "Barrack Hussein Obama” that compared the Democratic presidential candidate to Karl Marx, Adolf Hitler and Fidel Castro.
Shown a picture of the sign Thursday night, Broward Republican Chairman Chip LaMarca said he was "disgusted" by it and would immediately go to the office and remove it.
"I'm speechless at the ignorance," LaMarca said. "It's not something we can condone.
"We're trying to promote positive messages for our candidates. I understand people want their candidate to win. It's ridiculous. I'll find out who put it up there, and maybe they'll volunteer somewhere else."
The sign on an 8 1/2 by 14 inch sheet of paper looks as if it was printed from a personal computer. It's part of a gallery of posters and signs on the wall immediately inside the front door of the Pompano office, near the intersection of Sample Road and U.S. 1.
Others signs on the wall include a portrait of McCain and his wife, Cindy, Republican elephants, patriotic sayings, and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin holding a large hunting rifle.
The sign in question mocked Obama's call for change and asked what other figures "called for change in this fashion." The answer: Marx, Hitler, Castro, Joseph Stalin and Benito Mussolini. "And you want Obama for President? Are you nuts,” the sign said.
Staff Writer Juan Ortega contributed to this report and took the photos below
The issue was raised by Jeffrey Sanders of Boynton Beach, who said he saw the sign Thursday when he stopped to pick up tickets for today's McCain rally at Florida International University.
"To label someone as the next Hitler is beyond outrageous [and] offensive. And it needs to be addressed. And if Barack Obama does the same thing to McCain I would expect the same reaction," he said. "That was not American."
Sanders, 23, is a registered Republican. The Palm Beach Community College student said he is thinking about voting for Obama.
Bobby Gravitz, South Florida spokesman for Obama, said Thursday night the campaign did not have any comment on the sign.