(La Porte County, IN) - La Porte County Republican Party Chairman Allen Stevens claims that the “Dump Sheila” and “Fire Friedman” campaign signs are practically flying off the shelves.
Stevens said 100 signs containing images of La Porte County Commissioner Sheila Matias and La Porte County Attorney Shaw Friedman were made. A few days later, only about 20 of the signs remained. He said more signs would be ordered if the dwindling supply ran out.
“It’s been crazy the amount of demand we’ve had for them,” Stevens said.
Stevens would not disclose who came up with the idea for the signs. However, he said La Porte County Auditor Tim Stabosz, who’s been highly vocal in his criticism of Matias and Friedman, was not the brainchild for the signs.
Stevens said Stabosz did pay with an in-kind donation to the party for the first order of signs costing over $1,200.
“It wasn’t Tim’s idea, but he was definitely on board when I asked him if he would be interested in coming on board and paying for the first batch of them,” Stevens said.
He also said another donor has stepped up to pay for the second batch of signs.
Stevens does not feel the signs are an embarrassment to La Porte County, as claimed by Matias. Instead, for Stevens, the signs reflect what he judged to be poor job performances of Matias and Friedman.
Stabosz declined to comment.