Petty Politics or clumsiness? Councilman caught knocking over opponent's sign

Posted at 6:24 PM, Oct 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-10 14:54:10-04

A city council candidate in Walled Lake claims his opponent targeted one of his campaign signs, and it was all caught on camera.

It happened at the L. George Coney Island Restaurant on South Commerce near Pontiac Trail.  Kimberly Jurincic tells 7 Action News she and her friend were having lunch inside when they saw activity by the political signs

“I said get your video going. This is the mayor and the councilman,” said Jurincic.

Her friend recorded video as several people put up signs.  In the video you can see Councilman Robert Robertson and the mayor putting up signs. The mayor’s back to to Robertson when he can be seen knocking over the sign of his opponent Dan Lauffer.

“And just left it there instead of putting it back,” said Jurincic.

She happens to know Dan Lauffer. She called him and showed him the video.

"Robert Robertson stepped on my sign. You can see the evidence he did it on purpose. It was clear he stepped on it, stepped over it, and never picked it up,” said Lauffer.

"Yes, I stumble over a campaign sign after stepping on the wire leg of the sign, clumsy as my reaction may have been... this episode does not translate to stealing, theft or stomping of campaign signs,” said Robertson.

Lauffer called on Walled Lake Police to investigation. Walled Lake Police say the sign was not damaged and they have no evidence Robertson intended to knock over the sign - so at this point charges are unlikely.