ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Conservative Florida congressional candidate Glo Smith says one of her campaign signs was vandalized. Smith is running in a two-person Republican primary in Congressional District 5, and she admits the result had an effect on her.
"I can't spend a lot of time trying to figure out why they would do something that is hurtful," she said. "We were out in the rain putting up these signs, and it takes time, and it takes money. It's a waste of, you know, money. People contribute to our campaign for these signs, and when someone does something like that, not only is it disrespectful... personally, you have to be affected."
Congressional District 5 is a winding 120-mile-plus district that runs from the center of Jacksonville all the way to the center of Orlando, incorporating most of the major African-American neighborhoods all the way down in places like Sanford, Eatonville, and Apopka. The seat is currently held by Democrat Corrine Brown. Smith has to get by a primary opponent first, in order to face Brown. In the interim, she has a message for the person she says vandalized her sign.
"I'm a forgiving person. I just feel like, regardless of their motives or their reason for doing such a thing, that I can't stay focused on that."
The spot where Smith says her husband found the sign is right along Interstate 10 just west of downtown Jacksonville. To this point, Smith has not filed a report with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, so there is no criminal investigation.