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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Scene around A-Town: A walking campaign ad

Jay Fadgen on Columbia Pike. 
During this election season, some people are content to put up a yard sign or bumper sticker. Annandale resident Jay Fadgen is taking a more active approach – walking along Columbia Pike with a sandwich board touting Hillary Clinton for president.

His board cites Clinton’s experience (secretary of state, senator) and other reasons to support her (women’s rights, dedicated to families, fiscally responsible, immigration reform, etc.). “Vote Smart! Vote Hillary!” the sign reads.

Sometimes Fadgen wears an alternative board with a “Trump’s Chumps” message listing people deceived by Trump (employees, stockholders, contractors, students, wives, etc.) and stating, “Don’t be a Chump – Vote for Hillary.”

Fadgen has been walking with a sandwich board in support of Democratic candidates just about every year since the John Kerry presidential campaign in 2004. He used to walk along the median on Little River Turnpike and Hummer Road until last week, when a police officer told him he couldn’t be there.

About 75 percent of the responses from the public have been positive, Fadgen says, and women tend to be more enthusiastic. While we were chatting, a pedestrian who said he had already voted for Trump stopped to engage in a polite conversation.

Fadgen calls his walking campaign message “a way I can have an influence and maybe encourage people to vote.”

18 comments:

  1. I'm sure the comments here are bound to be civil

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  2. Yeah I'm a bit perturbed by the silence. Say something about the meals tax to see if that'll get it going.

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    1. Adam given that you are the blog's self-righteous PC police and protector of PG, everybody is on their guard.

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    2. Anon 8:53 spot on

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    3. Penny Gross.

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    4. Oh. Yeah, I didn't vote for her.

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    5. I didn't vote for her either, but I don't think she's the most awful person in existence ever.

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  3. Exercising and enjoying his freedom of speech. Let's keep America this way, independently of party affiliation and political views.

    I wonder how many commenters would carry signs around with their beliefs written on it. Probably few.

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  4. 7 Corners 711/2/16, 8:38 AM

    6 comments and no random Penny Gross comments. We are making progress.

    Vote Perot, make America Great again!

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    1. Refresh, does that make Adam shut up?

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  5. Minority for TRUMP right here!!
    If only you all knew what REALLY happens at our borders (not what the media and politicians lie to you about- saying everything is fine) you would have great concern for our nation. Our laws are being stepped on, and our citizens are suffering. I have family at the border who works for Customs & Border Protection with first hand experiences in TX ... he says the corruption of our politicians and media will slowly bleed this country. We are a nation of laws. Protect our citizens!

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    1. Thank you for sharing reality with us inside the beltway

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