Republican State Rep. Bob Robson was cited Monday night for allegedly tampering with campaign signs after an incident that occurred near a Circle K store on Aug. 9.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department (MCSO) confirmed Tuesday that Robson was cited with the misdemeanor offense around 10 p.m. Monday night in Chandler. Robson is suspected of being involved in the unlawful removal of a campaign sign. A court date has been set in a Chandler Superior Court.
Witnesses of the alleged crime say it happened on Saturday, Aug. 9 around 9:45 p.m. at a Circle K near Dobson and Warner roads. A man was seen picking up a sign, shredding it and throwing it into a garbage can before climbing into a truck with a license plate that reads “ROBSON.” The driver of the truck never left the vehicle. The man seen exiting and entering the vehicle has not been identified.
The witness was able to capture some video of the man getting back into the truck and the truck leaving the parking lot but the driver and passenger are not identifiable and the crime was not captured on the video. The video itself has no time stamp. Mike Richardson, a precinct committeeman in Legislative District 18 and the man responsible for the sign that was destroyed, said he understands MCSO was able to get security footage from the Circle K that captured the crime. MCSO is not confirming at this time that video exists.
Richardson and other volunteers have been placing “Arrow of truth” signs across the Valley for weeks, pointing out incumbent legislators who voted in favor of the Medicaid expansion in Arizona. The signs read “Voted for Obamacare.” (Robson has said several times he did not vote for the federal Affordable Care Act as he is not in a federal office).
The signs started going missing around July 9, Richardson said. His group decided to put up several signs in one night and then watch them.
“We staked out a few places and one of our guys stumbled on a place and sure enough they showed up and took some signs,” Richardson said.
Other signs, like the ones from the Arizona Free Enterprise Club that claim Robson is pro-Obamacare, pro-union and pro-Common Core have also been destroyed in recent weeks. Jill Norgaard and Tom Morrissey’s campaigns say they’ve had several signs torn down as well. There is no evidence that ties Robson to any of those cases.
Robson’s campaign has been putting up signs almost identical to Richardson’s signs that read “Endorsed by chamber of commerce.” Brian Murray of Summit Consulting Group said he has video of Richardson taking down or moving those signs. Police reports are being filed, he said.
Robson has referred all media to his attorney. His attorney was not immediately available for comment.
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