Lawmaker's 'bonehead' spouse apologizes for pulling down campaign sign

Posted September 1, 2016

— A state lawmaker and her husband apologized Thursday for some campaign sign shenanigans at a Wilson brewpub.

Dr. Lew Martin, the husband of Rep. Susan Martin, R-Wilson, was caught on a security camera taking a campaign sticker for Martin's opponent, Democrat Charlie Pat Farris, off the front door of Brewmasters, at 2117 Forest Hills Road West, and replacing it with a Martin sticker.

Owner Morkos Youssef said the video showed the Martins had been at his brewpub for dinner on Tuesday night before the sign switcheroo.

"To our surprise, much to my surprise even, there was Lew just taking the other one off, walking back to his truck, I guess to get a Susan Martin sticker, and sticking the other one right back up there," Youssef said.

Even though he supports Farris, Youssef said he is friendly with both candidates and let them both put stickers on his door. After someone removed Martin's sticker months ago, he said he told the Martins they could replace it.

"For them to just take his down and put hers up, he could have just walked right up and stuck it up right there beside it, and nothing would have ever been said about it," Youssef said. "It was silly on his part."

"I'm a bonehead," Lew Martin acknowledged.

The orthopedic surgeon said he had gotten a frustrating phone call from work and lashed out.

"I sort of turned around, and there's the sticker, and it's been a sore thumb for me for some time since (the Martin campaign sticker) was removed," Lew Martin said. "Everyone who knows me knows I'm just kind of a passionate guy, so I took the sticker off, put the other sticker on. I certainly apologize for that, Charlie Pat."

He also apologized to Youssef.

Susan Martin said she didn't know what her husband had done, but she apologized as well.

"I am very embarrassed," she said.

Vandalizing or removing campaign signs is a misdemeanor under state law. Farris said he doesn't think he will press charges, but he does plan to file a complaint with the State Board of Elections. He said he hopes the race can move on in a positive direction.

"The only thing I would say is I'm sorry to my kids and all the kids out there. It's not a very good example. My father would be very embarrassed," Lew Martin said. "I'm really, really embarrassed."


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  • Justin Briller Sep 2, 2016
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    Same applies for Hillary Rod Runner. She has to be held accountable for her stupidity, lying under oath, putting classified information at risk, taking donations from huge corporations and foreign countries for kicks backs and favors is illegal to.

  • Rod Runner Sep 2, 2016
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    No, what seems ridiculous is that a well educated man thought this was necessary to do and also acceptable. It doesn't matter if he is a surgeon, a welder, or a homeless man.

    It's newsworthy as his patients should know what kind of person he is since he chose to do this in public. What he does in private would be his own business.

  • Melanie Lane Sep 2, 2016
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    The reason that WRAl is making a big deal of this is not only is it bad behavior but it's against the law. As someone who sees signs stolen and trashed more and more often during elections here in NC I hope they charge him so people can be reminded that being bullies and intimidating people you don't like may be fun for you when talking with like minded folks but if you allow it to go too far you are breaking the law.

  • Erika Phipps Sep 1, 2016
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    Glad he apologized, seems pretty ridiculous WRAL thinks this is all that newsworthy. Personally I feel if he's a good surgeon, and it's time to replace my hip, it won't matter to me if he steals hubcaps, much less signs.

  • Aiden Audric Sep 1, 2016
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    An orthopedic surgeon gets easily frustrated and flies off the handle?

    Yeah, I wouldn't let him operate on me. "Oops, sorry, got angry at the nurse and took your foot off. I'm a bonehead!"