Malkerson-Cleary campaign posters in Red Square vandalized
Update, 11:06 a.m.: In an email to Vox, GUSA Election Commissioner Adam Giansiracusa (SFS ’12) wrote, “We hope the campaign remains positive, and that this is the last time anything like this occurs.”
Original post, 2:22 a.m.: Earlier tonight, the American flag turned massive GUSA campaign poster in Red Square, which belongs to the Colton Malkerson-Maggie Cleary ticket, was vandalized with the spray-painted words “U.S. WANTED FOR MURDER!” The ticket’s other large poster in Red Square was torn down. The Department of Public Safety has classified the incident as vandalism. For now, the torn down poster has been placed over the vandalized portion of the flag poster.
Both GUSA Speaker Adam Talbot (COL ’12) and GUSA presidential candidate Colton Malkerson (COL ’13) were at the scene tonight. Talbot said, “I hoped campaigning would remain positive. This is an exceptional incident, it injects an unfortunate dynamic into the race. I had hoped candidates could stick to the issues and making Georgetown a better place.” He added, “There is no way to infer that it was another campaign.”
Malkerson told the Voice, “[The flag] wasn’t meant as a political statement. It was meant to be eye-catching and celebrating the fact that we’re in Washington D.C.” In a Youtube video posted from Red Square, Malkerson said, “I’m not sure if they were targeting our campaign or the flag or the message, whatever it is, either way we’re going to keep doing our campaign.” The campaign plans to make the flag “look just as good as it was before.”
Photo: Rachel Calvert