Nancy Hicks reports on Lincoln city government, but she’s been following the leaders of local and state government for more than 40 years.

Jeff Fortenberry campaign sign vandalism

A large Jeff Fortenberry sign was defaced in October with big googly eyes and a misspelling of the incumbent candidate’s name.

A big Jeff Fortenberry sign at 70th and A streets was defaced this weekend, with big googly eyes and a misspelling of the incumbent candidate’s name.

A sticker in the candidate's hair indicated Betsy Riot, a neo-suffragette, punk-patriot resistance movement, was responsible for the mischief, which had even Republicans on Facebook chuckling.

However, even vandalism with a sense of humor is against the law.

It is a city misdemeanor, with a possible penalty of up to six months in jail and/or a $500 fine.

Three acts of political vandalism were reported this weekend, all Betsy Riot-related and all reported Sunday morning.

There were Betsy Riot stickers on the door of U.S. Sen. Deb Fisher’s office. Another large Fortenberry sign, at 84th and Van Dorn, was adorned with googly eyes.

Some vandalism to political signs is fairly common during an election, but usually signs are torn down or stolen, not embellished, said former police Chief Tom Casady, now public safety director.

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Reach the writer at 402-473-7250 or nhicks@journalstar.com. Reporter Riley Johnson contributed to this column.

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