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Controversial Political Display

Posted at: 10/29/2012 10:43 PM
Updated at: 10/29/2012 10:46 PM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- With the election just a week away there are political signs pretty much everywhere, but there's a display just outside of Rochester, some say, is a message of hate. Our team talked with the homeowner behind that display.

The home has a chair hanging from a noose with a bayonet stabbed through it. The woman at the home openly told us the chair represents President Obama, as it did in Clint Eastwood's speech at the Republican National Convention. She also told us the noose is intended to target the President’s race.

"When my son and I drove by and I saw a hanging wooden chair, like a lynching, it just seemed beyond, to me, how we should be sharing our speech this political season," said Jim Postier.

A Kasson resident who's driven by the display multiple times. He was shocked to drive by this and says it didn't take him long to figure out what it meant. The chair is a symbol of President Obama, like it was in Clint Eastwood's speech.

"The noose was my husband’s idea. The chair, we got that from when Clint Eastwood spoke to that empty chair at the Republican National Convention. That’s where we got the idea to hang the empty chair from the tree," said Laura Mulholland. She stands behind her display and says it was meant to spread a message.

"President Obama needs to go, by the ballot box. He needs to go. What he's done hasn't been good for our country," said Mulholland.

A message he believes goes beyond politics. "I find it very offensive," said Postier.

"I can say what I want, and yes you can be offended, but just because your offended doesn't mean that this is wrong," said Mulholland. Mulholland says the First Amendment protects her display and admits it’s aimed at the President’s race, which is what Postier finds so concerning.

"I think with an African American especially, you tend to think of the lynching word," said Postier.
      
Mulholland says it’s all centered around the election, and says everyone can cheer on their candidate however they want. "If he's got something he wants to do to symbolize Mitt Romney, that's fine with me. He can do that. We can do that in this country," said Mulholland.

She says the bayonet also represents a comment President Obama made during a debate. We posted this picture on our Facebook page and we've had a number of you comment on this. You can join the conversation there, that's at facebook.com/kaaltv.