Tennell Atkins' Opponent In City Council Race Accuses Him of Destroying Her Campaign Signs

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Subrina Brenham, the businesswoman challenging Tennell Atkins in the District 8 City Council race, was driving along Lancaster Road this morning when she noticed something odd: One of her campaign signs, the large rectangular variety you see plastered on the sides of buildings and fences, had been cast aside in an open field alongside a heap of other debris.

This was not the first one she had found. "Once I started putting my signs out, my signs started being removed and replaced by Tennell Atkins signs," she said this afternoon. Four of them by her count, at $50 a pop.

The other ones she took in stride, but this one? This was the last straw. She called police. She filed a report. She spoke with Unfair Park.

"I know [Atkins] knows," she said. "This is with his knowledge. He's done this before in other campaigns."

Those are bold accusations. They also happen to reek somewhat of desperation. After all, Atkins had no trouble destroying his opponents in his two contested races, in 2007 and 2009, without resorting to petty crime.

Matter of fact, he was the victim of campaign sign theft in the latter race. Police saw it happen.

For the record, Atkins denies the allegations. "It's just a story," he says. "Everybody knows me. I do not do that."

But as Brenham points out, that's exactly what Atkins would say. "He knows, but of course he won't say it," she says. If he were taking regular midnight tours of District 8 and stuffing his opponent's campaign signs into a comically large bag, a la the Grinch, would he admit it? Of course not.

And so, it comes down to instinct. Should you believe the upstart challenger making undocumented accusations? Or the incumbent who looks poised to win no matter how many signs his opponent puts out? Flip a coin.

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jlfj
jlfj

How about some development along  Bonnieview road and in the five mile area between Bonnieview and Lancaster road. What about the Seagoville area, come on Mr. Atkin's make your mark. Make some noise.

big_oj
big_oj

Yet here in Kleberg, I've only seen Atkin's Signs here. I'm voting for the other person.

seenit
seenit

...of course "he" "didn't do it"...what else would you expect a student of Orwellian double speak to say?..and he'd also probably deny that anyone working for him did it...but judging from what people in his district have said about him over the years, he (or somebody on his payroll) probably did do it. He should confess his sins, plead guilty, pay his fine, never run for office again and keep his nose clean from now on...

seenit
seenit

...of course "he" "didn't do it"...what else would you expect a student of Orwellian double speak to say?..and he'd also probably deny that anyone working for him did it...but judging from what people in his district have said about him over the years, he (or somebody on his payroll) probably did do it. He should confess his sins, plead guilty, pay his fine, never run for office again and keep his nose clean from now on...

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

$50 a pop for those signs?  It's probably the guy selling her the signs.

In related news: I'm in the wrong business.

mcedars
mcedars

Maybe some property owners got tired of politicians putting signs on their property without permission.

DMZ3
DMZ3

A sign for a sign, a poster for a poster, is what I say. Strike back, Brenham.

To be serious, this always seemed like one of those things all politicians and city officials do, and they all call each other on it and say it's unfair. But it's also part of the game.

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

@DMZ3 

They destroy each other's signs, because their signs offend each other's eyes.

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