A write-in candidate for U.S. Senate is receiving lots of attention after putting up lawn signs in northern Kentucky emblazoned with the slogan, “With Jews We Lose.”
Robert Ransdell put up 20 such signs in the Cincinnati suburb of Florence, and he hopes to display 200 more, WLWT-TV reported.
“It's ignorance. Complete ignorance and hate,” one woman, Drea, told WLWT. She said she became disgusted after driving by the sign.
The Courier-Journal of Louisville reported Thursday that Ransdell “has long been involved in racist and anti-Semitic causes in northern Kentucky and in Ohio.”
“I believe that there is no such thing as racial equality. You see that in our cities everyday,” he told WLWT.
Ransdell is running against incumbent Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes — neither of whom are Jewish. As a write-in candidate, Ransdell's name will not appear on the ballot in the closely watched race.
He said the feedback he has received so far has been “positive.”
“Online we have had a lot of positive feedback,” Ransdell told the Cincinnati television station. “We're going to find out what kind of feedback we get once we go out and take it to the people here in the state of Kentucky.”
That clearly was not the reaction of commuter Drea, who said, “I could drive by it and act like, oh whatever, it's just some idiot, but when does one idiot become 20?”
In Kentucky, political signs must include the words “paid for by” and then the name and the address of who is behind it, WLWT reported. Ransdell’s signs did not include an address.
By Wednesday evening, the signs had disappeared — Ransdell apparently did not ask the property owner for permission, the station noted.