Ralph Long and a video of yard-sign theft

The crazy season has arrived a few days early.

State Rep. Ralph Long of Atlanta, the only elected official now supporting mayoral candidate Mary Norwood, has handed to WXIA a video recording that he says shows someone removing Norwood yard signs – then handing them to a Kasim Reed field office for what appears to be payment.

Long told the TV station that his car was pounded on and he was chased by another vehicle after the African-American lawmaker, armed with a video camera, showed himself to Reed supporters

Here’s the teaser to its 6 p.m. broadcast offered by the TV station.

Long isn’t identified on the video by name, but the WXIA web site does make use of his name. The signs were allegedly removed at the Adamsville natatorium on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, an early voting location. Long allegedly followed the man removing the sign to a shopping center at Linhurst and MLK.

Paul Crawley says that, afterwards, a “shaken” Long came straight to the TV station.

“And frankly, he’s worried about his safety at this point,” Crawley says.

On Saturday, in a debate televised by WAGA-TV, Norwood said she had called Atlanta police, “just to make sure that they are riding through neighborhoods where Mary Norwood signs are, because there are people who have been very concerned.”

Reed, in turn, said his yard signs were being filched, too. “My campaign has 6,000 addresses with yard signs in them. Yard signs for Kasim Reed have been removed citywide as well,” he said.

We’ve got a call into Reed’s campaign.

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128 comments Add your comment

Shane

November 23rd, 2009
3:10 pm

The Norwood campaign must be really desperate ha. If Ralph Long had a job he wouldn’t have time to try and pull of stunts like this. Too much time on his hands.

Grow up!

November 23rd, 2009
3:12 pm

This is so petty, from all three sides: Reed, Norwood, AND especially the media. Aren’t there more important issues to cover than this?

Jackalope

November 23rd, 2009
3:12 pm

Galloway you are amazing. How about a more realistic, less biased headline:

“Reed Campaign Paying To Steal Norwood Signs”

Kasim Reed’s campaign is on video paying someone to steal Norwood signs, and you put Long’s name in the headline. Amazing.

Robyn

November 23rd, 2009
3:12 pm

Ralph Long of all people accusing people of stealing signs…what a joke. Stealing signs is the only job Ralph has.

Atlanta Deputy

November 23rd, 2009
3:17 pm

It’s definitely silly season around these parts. Ralph Long has definitely stooped to an all time low. Norwood needs to focus on issues rather than trying to create bad press for Reed. No wonder she’s falling behind.

Steve

November 23rd, 2009
3:19 pm

Ralph Long is starting to sound more and more like an ambulance chaser. What does he do for a living? Why is he playing inspector gadget?

Mary

November 23rd, 2009
3:21 pm

I smell desperation! Mary Norwood’s campaign is obviously falling apart.

Jackalope

November 23rd, 2009
3:27 pm

We are having it rough, but we’re going to pull this thing out. Those are our sign, even if they are already in the public right-of-way illegaly.

yes

November 23rd, 2009
3:28 pm

Galloway desires Kasim Reed

Greg

November 23rd, 2009
3:29 pm

Atlantic politics is downright embarrassing. We are headed down the road of a Chicago or Detroit. Atlanta is not ready for primetime.

Non-Issue

November 23rd, 2009
3:30 pm

City of Atlanta Code of Ordinances

Sec. 16-28A.007. General regulations.
The following general regulations shall apply to all signs located in the city:

(c) Campaign Signs: Campaign signs shall not exceed 35 square feet in surface area and may be displayed on private property in connection with political campaigns or noncommercial civic health, safety or welfare campaigns. All such signs shall exhibit the date of the conclusion of the campaign and shall carry a notation stating that the sign is prohibited on public property and public right-of-way. All such signs shall be removed within 15 days of the date of conclusion of the campaign. Candidates are obligated and required to remove campaign signs placed on their behalf that are unlawfully located or that extend beyond the conclusion of the campaign and shall be liable to the city or its designee for the costs incurred in removing such unlawful signs. In no event shall such a sign remain in place for more than six months. CAMPAIGN SIGNS ARE SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITED IN OR UPON ANY PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY OR OTHER PUBLIC PROPERTY.

That guy

November 23rd, 2009
3:30 pm

hahahahaha @ Ralph Long, why is he a state rep by the way. This guy. I wish he would have got that ass whooped.

Check the Facts

November 23rd, 2009
3:31 pm

So let me get this straight…

1) Reed staffers are dumb enough to steal yard signs in broad daylight?

2) Ralph Long (an elected official and supporter of Mary Norwood) just happens to be parked nearby with a camcorder catching it all…

3) Ralph long goes straight to 11 Alive News (instead of reporting anything to the police)…

and

4) This whole story surfaces a day after the candidates debated it on GPS (when they had had 50+ other debates and it was never even mentioned)…

This is laughable… And a non-story.

Rex Feral

November 23rd, 2009
3:33 pm

In a remarkably amatuerish move, Ralph Long put ALL his chips in on this play, rolled the dice . . . and LOST!!! Stevie Anyone over the age of 12, could see through this elementary tactic. He just blew it for Mary . . . and she was already doing a great job of it herself.

Mr. Long might want to consider pursuing a political career somewhere other than Atlanta, or ever Georgia for that matter. Ralph . . . you folded!! BTW – What the hell kind of name is RALPH for a black man ANYWAY?!!!!!!! BUSTER!!!!!

Rex Feral

November 23rd, 2009
3:35 pm

(Corrected version . . . gotta be precise andthorough . . . unlike Ralph)
In a remarkably amatuerish move, Ralph Long put ALL his chips in on this play, rolled the dice . . . and LOST!!! Anyone over the age of 12, could see through this elementary tactic. He just blew it for Mary . . . and she was already doing a great job of it herself.

Mr. Long might want to consider pursuing a political career somewhere other than Atlanta, or ever Georgia for that matter. Ralph . . . you folded!! BTW – What the hell kind of name is RALPH for a black man ANYWAY?!!!!!!! BUSTER!!!!!

Rick Fontaine, 30311

November 23rd, 2009
3:36 pm

Where is the integrity of the Reed Campaign?

This ‘do whatever it takes to win’ mentality by the black machine will backfire this time as the people are behind Mary. Watch who shows up to vote.

I’d like to see Rep. Long press charges against the person beating on his car.

This is a powerful example of when citizens have had enough of something, they go out to do something about it…and it seems that is what Long did and I commend him for it. People that support Mary around me in 30311 have told me their signs IN THEIR YARDS get stolen overnight.

Who’s got the time or the intestinal fortitute anymore to sit around and catch people that do illegal things. The police sure don’t. Nice to see an elected official doing it for once.

OMG

November 23rd, 2009
3:39 pm

This is funny. It happens on BOTH sides. It isn’t news.

Long is bored.

30311

November 23rd, 2009
3:40 pm

I don’t think the citizens doing something about an issue relates to a state representative staking out homeless people stealing campaign signs. Drive through 30311 and 30310 and Long would’ve better spent his time doing something about all the crime and blight in those areas. That is what he was elected to do, right?

drsoul

November 23rd, 2009
3:41 pm

Funny how all of the above bloggers endorse the ‘theft’ and had rather attack Long…this is, unfortunately the exact problem with REED supporters… they see no problem with theft or any other crime that all of the previous mayors have involved themselves with and are best known..
The diversion here, by these bloggers, is to get away from the fact that the primary foundation of REED and his supporter is crime… no matter the size, the principle of it is OK with them… with REED, you get exactly this… and, there goes all of his credibility…. first, to lie about it, get caught with staff/supporters stealing for him and then his supporters all support ‘doing the crime’… and, we wonder why Atlanta is in the shape it is… yes, with REED, you have now an exact picture…!!!!!

Rick

November 23rd, 2009
3:45 pm

Look why Ralph Long chasen somebody in a vehicle i think this is a set up. Norwood is fallen apart soembody tell what really going on.

Mr. Long dont you have something to do beside spying on Reed camp.

This is outrage to Atlanta, this embarrassment to the great city of Atlanta.

Norwood do saound like she desperate….Mr. levit what do you have to say about this stunt move.

Please explain Non-Issue

November 23rd, 2009
3:47 pm

Please explain Non-Issue, how the physical intimidation of Norwood supporters, by persons seen coming out of a Reed field office is a non-issue.

Rick Fontaine, 30311

November 23rd, 2009
3:48 pm

@30311

Integrity starts at the top in any organization.

I like what drsoul says about this issue. Most of the bloggers here are missing the point; what occurred here is repeated theft and a possible assualt. And perhaps they were paid to do it. That’s really disturbing. And more disturbing to me that some on this blog want to personlly attack Long while overlooking the theft & assault. I think Long is a community hero because he took time to get the facts and share it.

I will be watching to see what Reed has to say about this.

Teela

November 23rd, 2009
3:48 pm

In case anyone doubts that Reed has employed thugs to take signs, or that Reed ’supporters’ will threaten others…

Well, this is just a bit of the proof. Reed is lacking in ethics, hasn’t answered about those mess of signs in the back of a staffer’s car, etc.

And so it goes. If he stoops to this small issue (and sign taking is a given in any campaign because obviously it’s tempting to some…) of ethics…

…what will he do on the larger ones?

Mary isn’t perfect, but she doesn’t have to stoop to this measure.

Reed is a thug..or at least he is comfortable around thugs. Birds of a feather….

He knows, he knows what his ’supporters’ are doing…paid and unpaid…and the man just will do anything to win.

Sounds like we are in for another Campbell.

Told ya.

30311

November 23rd, 2009
3:48 pm

@drsoul- A previous poster made the City ordinances available. Campaign signs are illegal in the city right-of-way. By your statement, Norwood also broke the law by placing the signs there, correct? If they were illegally on public property, how can it be stealing?

Besides, both campaigns are probably doing this, Reed’s campaign just got caught.

Hollywould

November 23rd, 2009
3:51 pm

DRSOUL, Kinda reminds me of all the Vick supporters. Denial is the key word here.

State Law Says it is ILLEGAL!!!

November 23rd, 2009
3:51 pm

Read the State Law on sign theft. IT IS ILLEGAL. Why are people attacking someone who caught another person performing an illegal act? Amazing that people don’t find this type of behavior repulsive. I would press charges.

drsoul

November 23rd, 2009
3:52 pm

Rex Feral and Rick are prime examples of REED support… diversionary grumps… do you two not see anything wrong with ‘theft’….????? are both of you on probation or something that this does not matter… does not matter who discovered it… the fact that it was brought up in a debate, but put down as BS and now proven should speak loud for what is really happening… it is people like you who promote and support crime that is the problem….the REED people…!!!!

Check the facts check the facts

November 23rd, 2009
3:52 pm

Check the facts, no one said that Reed campaign staffers stole signs in broad daylight. Nice try at spin though. Apparently though, Reed campaign staffers did outsource their dirty work to someone who thinks nothing of committing a crime in broad daylight.

Now even if the signs were in a public right of way, does that give any citizen the right to take them? Wouldn’t that be law enforcement’s job? If I park my car in a public right of way, by your logic, Kasim Reed’s campaign can steal my car.

And, what the Reed supporters won’t acknowledge while they try to spin this into a non issue. The physical intimidation of a Norwood supporter, by persons seen coming out of a Reed field office. What does that say about the mentality of at least some Reed operatives?

[...] yard signs and taking them to a Kasim Reed campaign office for payment. A teaser video is on the Political Insider’s blog along with this: State Rep. Ralph Long of Atlanta, the only elected official now supporting mayoral [...]

Y.T. Norwood

November 23rd, 2009
3:55 pm

Atlanta is too busy to hate. Must be something else.

@30311

November 23rd, 2009
3:55 pm

Question 30311. So if I park my car illegally in a public right of way, a Kasim Reed operative can legally take it, since it was illegally parked to begin with?

And since you say both sides are doing it, please point out instances of Norwood officials coming out of a Norwood field office and physically intimidating Reed supporters, as has happened in this case to a Norwood supporter.

Rick

November 23rd, 2009
3:56 pm

OMG I just seen this video it said that Norwood elected official watching someone take her sign didnt even call the police. This is a stunt on Norwood behalf Ralph Long need to be in a mental hospital.

this the worst I ever seen before.

Chris Broe

November 23rd, 2009
3:57 pm

It’s not nice to steal campaign signs. Somebody took the time and effort to beautify the roadside with them, and then someone else just takes them down for no reason other than to be a total jerk? That’s not right. Something must be done to stop this.

Is this, like, the first time this has ever happened? It must be, because if it happened before, then there would be laws agin’ it and vigilantes would be out shootin’ at folks what don’t respect the unwritten code of common campaign sign courtesy.

Word.

Even worse than your grammar Rick

November 23rd, 2009
4:01 pm

Yes Rick he didn’t call the police. What he did was fully document that the stolen signs weren’t just being taken by a Reed fanatic, but in fact he documented that they were being taken with the consent of a Reed field office operative.

Can you please explain why documenting a crime, in your opinion, would make someone a candidate for hospitalization?

Rick

November 23rd, 2009
4:05 pm

I just found out that Ralph was spying on Reed campaign office since he endorse Norwood. I heard that Norwood sent Ralph to spy on Reed camp.
It is the law no campaign sign should be in a voting polling place so one doing wrong does not make it right so both are at fault. Ralp Long need to be in jail for invaded privacy because if a person does not know he is being video by a individual he need to be investigate by the state attorney. It call invading privacy.

This tell you something why was Ralph Long out there by Reed campaign office.

Watch Non-Issue back down

November 23rd, 2009
4:05 pm

Non-Issue, please cite the specific ordinance that states that if a campaign sign is place in a public right of way, any citizen has a legal right to come and remove that sign.

Thank you.

Montrell M

November 23rd, 2009
4:05 pm

The norwood camp is making up all this stuff to hurt Kasim—the voters must see through these desperate attempts to hurt Kasim’s creditiblity—all African-Americans must turn out to keep a black mayor in Atlanta, to protect our interests from the white people, who are trying to keep us down!!! Vote Kasim!

If it's Rick it must be wrong

November 23rd, 2009
4:08 pm

Actually Rick, a person on a public right of way does not have a constitutionally guaranteed right to privacy. Reed as a lawyer knows this, which is why no one from the Reed camp has officially charged Long with breaking any privacy laws.

Barrington

November 23rd, 2009
4:08 pm

The facts are the facts. Kasim Reed has a history of doing whatever he wants and getting away with it. Well this time he got caught. This was not the first time Reed’s campaign staff has stolen yard signs. I point you to an Atlanta Progressive News article that http://www.atlantaprogressivenews.com/news/0538.html from before the Nov 3rd election where Mary Norwood signs were stolen and placed in the back of black Nissan SUV.

And if Reed’s supporters will do this to an elected official than what will they do to regular citizens who choose to reject the status quo and cast a vote for Mary Norwood. Sounds like Mary’s claim of Reed’s campaign staff being overly aggressive is true.

Teela

November 23rd, 2009
4:09 pm

@ drsoul….I want YOU for Mayor. You have consistently shown the ethical considerations in your analysis. You make it plain here.

@ Rick Fontaine, 30311: “Most of the bloggers here are missing the point; what occurred here is repeated theft and a possible assault. And perhaps they were paid to do it. That’s really disturbing. And more disturbing to me that some on this blog want to personlly attack Long while overlooking the theft & assault. I think Long is a community hero because he took time to get the facts and share it.

I will be watching to see what Reed has to say about this.”

Well said. I’ll be watching to see what Reed says about this, but as someone here pointed out….he speaks out of both sides of his neck.

And to the fellow who wanted Long to get an ass whomping? Yeah, more violence will really solve the issues.

Just can’t trust Reed for much….

Teela

November 23rd, 2009
4:12 pm

Enter your comments here

Montrell tells jokes

November 23rd, 2009
4:13 pm

Reed campaign staffers attempt to assault a Norwood supporter, and Reed is the victim?

Teela

November 23rd, 2009
4:14 pm

I don’t like the fact that Reed’s team steals signs out of the public-right-way, but we have people that do it for us as well. I’m sorry for destracting from the issues and I’m going to get back on topic now. Our city is in a major crisis with there being a shortage of police officers. Mary will be releasing her plans to hire 500 additional police by the end of her first term. Stay tuned!

Our new definitions

November 23rd, 2009
4:16 pm

I guess according to Reed supporters theft is just business as usual and physical assaults on Norwood supporters are really an attack on Kasim Reed.

Since they seem to have no problem readily admitting to the thefts and physical assaults, I guess the real problem is that we are defining such minor things as problems, and not the mark of a great campaign.

Wow

November 23rd, 2009
4:17 pm

Forget the city budget, crime and water issues, let’s debate campaign signs for the next week. You people are really bright.

Glory

November 23rd, 2009
4:19 pm

We can count on Reed framing himself as the “victim”. He’s especially good at it.

Wow you just made yourself look like a fool

November 23rd, 2009
4:22 pm

Wow you say forget crime issues? WE ARE DEBATING CRIME ISSUES. THEFT AND PHYSICAL ASSAULT BY REED CAMPAIGN WORKERS!

Galloway is a joke

November 23rd, 2009
4:23 pm

Mr. Galloway, your bias is so evident in everything that you cover in regard to this election. You need to place a disclaimer on every article/blog that it is an opinion piece and not actual reporting of news. Where is some media integrity with you? Is any media capable anymore of just reporting on the news itself without inserting their own opinions and bias?? This is why I just cancelled my AJC subscription after 20 years! This is why people should not and can not trust the regular media anymore. I want you to report facts, and facts only – I will then come up with my own opinion.

Ralph you're done

November 23rd, 2009
4:26 pm

Ralph thanks for showing us how much of a scum bag you really are. You just happened to be sitting with a bird’s eye view of someone taking yard signs with your video rolling? They just happen to take them to Kasim’s office? Give me a freaking break. You need Mary to win so that she will give you a job because your political career is DONE!

Theft by Faking

November 23rd, 2009
4:26 pm

Just wait till Kasim Reed takes office and he’s stealing more than signs. We need a new city hall and I wouldn’t mind Ralph Long leading it. It’s great to know there’s a politician out there that will stand for what he believes in, no matter the class or color.