Monday, April 11, 2011
Why are eye holes cut out of Dallas mayoral candidate David Kunkle’s campaign signs?
The answer will shock you!
DALLAS On our commute into the Pegasus News World Headquarters every morning, we pass more than a few yard signs for Dallas mayoral candidates. But one in particular on Forest Lane near Preston Road has strange-looking “eye holes” cut out just below candidate David Kunkle's last name.
We were sure it was a mean trick by a band of hooligan teenagers, a gang symbol, or even just a silly prank. But a call into Kunkle's campaign office nipped all those in the bud: They are not in fact peep-holes from enemy candidates; they're wind barriers.
The 4-foot by 4-foot signs are made of corrugated plastic, and they don't bend. Signs that are placed in areas of high wind could snap in half, said C. P. Henry, Kunkle's campaign manager, and so a volunteer has offered to fix the problem. The signature eye holes were also used on Tom Leppert and Laura Miller's campaign signs, Henry said.
The man who's behind the eye-holes is a retired elderly police officer who Henry didn't want to name. This man helps get all the signs in place, and he's adamant about the wind barrier.
“Once in awhile, he'll stand behind the sign and put his hands through the eye holes and wave,” Henry said. We have yet to see that, I'm sorry to report.
The Kunkle campaign has about 5,000 small signs in yards right now – those measure 18 inches by 24 inches – and about 200 of the larger signs.
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