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Wake deputies investigate racist campaign sign graffiti

Posted October 11, 2011
Updated October 12, 2011

— Wake County sheriff's deputies are trying to figure out who defaced a black congressional candidate's campaign sign over the weekend with a lewd image and the letters "KKK."

Bill Randall said Tuesday that the spray-painted letters on his sign along Burlington Mills Road in Wake Forest reminded him of the hatred his father faced during the civil rights movement.

"My dad was actively involved in helping blacks to be registered to vote in the Deep South. This was in Mississippi," he said, adding that the story of his father narrowly escaping a lynch mob has been etched into his memory.

Randall was quick to point out, however, that he does not believe the Ku Klux Klan is necessarily responsible for the graffiti.

"Anytime someone (uses) 'KKK,' it denotes some sort of racial hatred," he said. "I'm not trying to defend anyone, but I think, in fairness, anyone could write the letters 'KKK.'"

He said he believes the defacing of his sign could have been racially or ideologically motivated. Still, he said, he believes the overwhelming majority of Americans, Republicans and Democrats alike, would denounce the racist graffiti.

Randall is a tea party candidate running for the Republican nomination in North Carolina's 13th U.S. District. He faces former U.S. Attorney George Holding and former Raleigh Mayor Paul Coble in the May 2012 primary.


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  • lprop Oct 13, 2011

    When someone keeps you mad and upset and intimidates you they are in control. Don't let this take your focus off what you are trying to accomplish.When you win they are the losers.

  • ambidextrous cat Oct 13, 2011

    It's probably the work of teenagers.

  • GLOCKMASTER Oct 12, 2011

    I cannot believe they are going to waste the resources to look into this.

  • mfarmer1 Oct 12, 2011

    there is no need for this, in this day and age, Who ever did it shows there inteligence.

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 12, 2011

    October 12, 2011 4:07 p.m.
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    I believe your right, and here he is harping it up for free publicity and stirring the pot.

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 12, 2011

    I've never seen a polictical party working so hard in NC not get re-elected or even get their hand picked person into office. Vote independant and make your vote count.

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  • BE Oct 12, 2011

    Just having him run for public office is scary enough.

  • bowslinger70 Oct 12, 2011

    gmuny33- having a Black man for president etc.--you mean the one that is 50% white and only 7% African American ?? He calls himself Black and that is his right. I am 25% native American, does that make me an Indian ?? Not everything has to do with race it does however have everything to do with Stupidity.

  • RM24 Oct 12, 2011

    NAACP don't care because he is Republican!