These far-left tactics of suppressing free speech and vandalization show exactly what #Democrats are about. Any comment @washdems? #VoteGOP2018 #waelex @DinoRossiWA pic.twitter.com/MDmVyYEXOl
— Washington State GOP (@WAGOP) July 12, 2018
I love when a piece of art contains its own critique. In the middle of a long play full of boring monologues, for instance, one of the actors might pop up and say, "It sounds like it's time for another long story about your past!" It happens all the time in poetry, too. In the middle of reading a confusing poem you'll stumble across a line like "I'm confused." This is the way art speaks to the artist, the only voice it has in its own defense.
The tagger who wrote "NO" on these Dino signs—if the person wasn't just a Dino supporter just trying to stir shit—understood this fact about art and chose to highlight the truth that Dino's own name is trying to communicate to voters. But Rossi has had his own history with controversial campaign signs.
According to the Kitsap Sun, way back when he was running for State Senator in 1992, a man found four Dino Rossi campaign signs planted on his lawn without his permission. Each of the signs had "double-edged razor blades" stuck inside of them. Rossi's campaign denied having anything to do with putting the signs in those yards.
When Rossi ran for governor in 2008, the Building Industry Association of Washington, a conservative builders lobby that spent $7 million on his race, paid for "dozens" of Dino Rossi billboards that displayed a divisive message: “Don’t Let Seattle Steal This Election!” (People were scandalized by this level of divisiveness, but you have to remember this was years before the head of Rossi's own party started threatening to jail his political opponents and encourage his followers to commit violence.) Again, Rossi's people denied having anything to do with the billboards and didn't agree with the message on them.
But Rossi is so offended by this tagger's horrific suppression of free speech that he's using photos of the signs to try and raise money.