'Dirty politics'

Police: Longley not removing political signs, won't be charged

By Tanya Mitchell | Nov 05, 2012
Photo by: Tanya Mitchell Political signs cover much of the ground at the intersection of Vine Street and Waldo Avenue.

Morrill — The Waldo County Sheriff's Office confirmed there was a complaint about a candidate for probate judge moving political signs Sunday night, Nov. 4, but that the complaint would not result in charges.

Waldo County Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton said Susan Longley, D-Liberty, was the subject of a complaint the WCSO received. The complainant stated Longley was moving political signs, specifically, "No on Question 1" signs in Morrill, but Trafton said a police investigation revealed Longley was not engaged in such an act.

"Somebody's playing really dirty politics," said Trafton Monday afternoon, noting that many local news organizations have received tips regarding the unfounded complaint.

Trafton said the sheriff's office received the complaint just before 9 p.m., and when officers arrived, Longley said she was moving some signs so that her own campaign signs would be more visible. After some additional discussion with the responding officer, Trafton said Longley decided to move her own signs rather than reposition others.

Trafton said WCSO plans to finalize the report on that complaint later Monday night and would not be lodging any charges against Longley in connection with the incident. Trafton said, in addition, that the Waldo County District Attorney's office has declined to press charges in the matter because the police investigation revealed Longley was not removing any signs.

Longley said she was moving the "No on Question 1" sign forward, so it would not obstruct her own sign. She said she noticed the obstructing sign because she drives by the area on a daily basis.

The "No on Question 1" sign was placed back in its former location and Longley said she moved her own sign to a different location.

Ben Holbrook contributed reporting to this story.

Comments (9)
Posted by: Richard Randall | Nov 06, 2012 17:40

Is this a waste of the sherrif's dept time or what?


Posted by: Dan West | Nov 06, 2012 15:29

This article is not an endorsement or in support of either candidate. It was written after The Journal received a press release from the Maine Republican Party stating that Judge Longley was under investigation for removing political signs. The police refuted that claim and this story was posted to correct the record. It was posted as a breaking news alert due to the short amount of time before the election. We wanted it to be clear that Longley was not under investigation for anything and I think if you read the entire story that is clear.

Posted by: sandra st.clair | Nov 06, 2012 14:45

Im just guessing that Villgesoup is supporting the other canidate , I mean really a "big" breaking story about Longley and a nice attribute to Mailloux...when will these reporters ever have to report facts and not twist stories? 

Posted by: Edwin Ecker | Nov 06, 2012 11:13

She should not have even touched the signs that were not hers.

Any one can say "OH I was just moving them" SURE !!

Posted by: Whitney Aitken | Nov 06, 2012 11:07

Wait a second?  "Really dirty politics", Trafton?  From this story is sounds like someone saw her moving signs around and reported it, correctly.  She even admitted she was, and then decided against it.  Because someone rightfully reports signs being tampered with does not make it dirty politics.  Dirty politics would be if she wasn't there at all and someone accused her of something she didn't do.   

Posted by: Faith L Garrold | Nov 06, 2012 10:31

Shame on the people who need to stoop to such low politics!  A  more honest and "above board" candidate does not exist than SUSAN LONGELEY!!  Messing with campaign signs is illegal and WHY anyone would file such a charge at this late date in the campaign is certainly open for many questions of those who seek to discredit a candidate who has served the people of Waldo County so well.

Posted by: Diane O'Brien | Nov 06, 2012 03:59

We've give up trying to put  up YES on 1 signs in Lincolnville.  They don't last the night.


Wally O'Brien

Posted by: Rita Doughty | Nov 05, 2012 22:53

I came by and she was only dealing with her own signs. Always someone jumping to conclusions..

Posted by: Virgil Fowles Jr | Nov 05, 2012 19:09

If they really want to go after someone, please check a couple of signs in Belmont on the Howard Road and on Rt. 131 into Morrill  from Belmont Corner to see how a couple of YES on 1 have been altered by some over zealous nerdowells.

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