Johnson supporter vandalizes bike trail to get out the message

Categories: Bicycle, Politics

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The infamous Cedar Lake Trail graffiti

The ride from St. Louis Park to Minneapoils along the Cedar Lake Regional bike trail is normally uneventful -- a few twists and tunnels are all the excitement you'll get. But lately, you'll find something different among the gravel and debris a few hundred feet from Target Field. A message has sprouted up on the pavement, spelled out in big, white, spray-painted letters, from a graffiti artist with a point to make.

"DUMP DAYTON," the message reads, sprawled out in all caps. Underneath it sits a big white checkmark, and another hastily spray-painted name: "JEFF JOHNSON."

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The message itself is obvious: It's politically motivated vandalism, an act performed by a supporter who most likely felt that yard signs just weren't enough. It's a stunt on the same level as something like the chicken-suited activist at the State Fair insulting Al Franken.

But think a little bit harder about the whole situation, and it becomes pretty obvious that vandalizing city property in the name of political activism isn't just a harmless stunt. It's irresponsible and doesn't make much sense.

Ignoring the fact that getting rid of the spray paint will cost the city money, the idea is confusing from a political perspective, too. We know that the person who vandalized the trail wanted to reach the biker community and get them to vote for Jeff Johnson. But while Twin Cities bikers have all kinds of backgrounds and beliefs, the one thing we can say for certain is that they respect the bike trails and don't want to see them damaged.

So why, political bike trail vandal, did you decide that the best approach to reach these people was to damage the very trail that these cyclists ride every day? Why not just put up a sign? By associating Jeff Johnson's name with graffiti that's damaging this trail, you're probably degrading the GOP gubernatorial candidate in the eyes of bikers. You're certainly not making him look better.

Maybe you're a Johnson supporter who just didn't think things through. Maybe you're secretly a DFL political operative who knew the stunt might make Johnson look bad. Whoever you are, maybe you should rethink your strategy for the next gubernatorial race in 2018.

Let us know if you've seen any other politically motivated graffiti along bike trails, or if you know the person behind this particular instance. We're interested.


Send your story tips to the author, Robbie Feinberg. Follow him on Twitter @robbiefeinberg.





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145 comments
Craig Viknx
Craig Viknx

chaulk is legal,... & Jeff having no control is a weak excuse, or typical ..yawl make the laws but when campaigning comes ya break the laws & blame it on the typical excuses .....HIRE someone to clean it up ...be a man

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

I am quite confident this is the work of Tony Sutton. It is a well known fact that the Burrito Baron spends a lot of time on bike trails.  

Paul Marcucci
Paul Marcucci

Funny how the dumb replicans think a dfl did this.. Nope just a regular stupid replican

Mike Dols
Mike Dols

Is this the same as when the DNC protested the Republican convention here in St Paul a few years ago with breaking windows and Molotov cocktails? Or is it different?

Terri McGinley
Terri McGinley

Really...Jeff Johnson, you're flattered by this? We live in such a sick society that we're flattered by vandalism? Buck up, America! The inmates are running the asylum.

deanhinnen
deanhinnen

Stop whining, Feinberg. If the message had been supporting Dayton instead of opposing him, you'd be gurgling with joy. With Democratic Party supporters vandalizing Republican campaign offices, hacking into Sarah Palin's email account, tearing up Republican yard signs and putting Obama's face on the U.S. flag (all of which is serious criminal conduct), this seems pathetically tame. And it didn't "damage" the bike trail. Half a can of black spray paint will cover that right up.

deanhinnen
deanhinnen

Feinberg, why is this a big deal?

Otto Ollendorf
Otto Ollendorf

Its all Bushes fault. I would definitely vote for a rubber stamper like dayton.

Dennis Shannon
Dennis Shannon

So all the sudden, republicans are acting like democrats? I don't buy it.

Teri West
Teri West

How many dead people voted in the last election? Do you have a source other than Fox?

Arielle Taylor
Arielle Taylor

Republicans don't destroy public property. They just privatize it. Spray painting reduces it's value. Can't be one of the GOP.

Arielle Taylor
Arielle Taylor

What worries me more is how dead people can vote in elections. That mindset is ghoulish.

Kris Windom
Kris Windom

So may come over and spray paint your driveway?

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

There's actually 2 of these - I biked past them this evening - another is on the same trail closer to Cedar Lake.  

Ryan Sanders
Ryan Sanders

wow- they are going all 'Scott Walker' on us already?

Carrie Graf
Carrie Graf

I have no idea why, I don't know why anyone wants to destroy our environment. He's pro big ag, pro poly met, anti regulation. Typical anti environment, pro big business republican. But I suppose you think those things are all somehow beneficial to our environmental resources? I will be patiently waiting for your next snarky comment. Very patiently, because I really couldn't care less what you have to say.

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

Why exactly does he want to destroy our environment, I'll be patiently waiting.....

Geoffrey Shipsides
Geoffrey Shipsides

If a Dayton supporter did it, that person isn't dumb. Both candidates have smart supporters, dumb supporters, and everything in between. Neither should be judged by whether their supporters do dumb things.

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

You're not really looking at CP for true journalism, are you......

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

You forgot idiot describing a dayton supporter.

Walter Hudson
Walter Hudson

Until you know for certain that the person responsible is a Johnson support, and not an opponent intentionally undermining the campaign, you should not report it as a Johnson supporter. Bad form, City Pages Minneapolis.

Mary Aho
Mary Aho

Neither is painting a picture of a candidate via one stupid vandal supporter.

Brent Jacobson
Brent Jacobson

Now this person's tax dollars will go to removing graffiti.

Mike McLean
Mike McLean

She could be a deep undercover plant

Aaron Frederickson
Aaron Frederickson

Mike, all Republicans are bad and responsible for everything wrong. How dare you question the sophomoric logic of the City Pages.

okf2
okf2

Nice to see City Pages applying it's version of "yellow journalism" again.    No proof that this vandalism was done by a Johnson supporter...just the usual jump to conclusions article that the left always does.   Until you can actually prove (through some real journalistic investigation) that this was done by a Johnson supporter,  one can only conclude that someone committed vandalism.    And that vandalism may equally have been done by a Dayton supporter as a Johnson supporter.  


Get some journalists with ethics, ok City Pages?

Danny Waltenberg
Danny Waltenberg

Paul Walker for Wisconsin.... See how easy that happens Paul!

Phillip Markel
Phillip Markel

Would CP be outraged if it was pro-Dayton graffiti?? I do not probably think so.

Cynthia Sjodin
Cynthia Sjodin

After Wellstone died in the plane crash, re pubs were driving around with signs cheering outside the memorial. Still classy, I see.

Sco Kel
Sco Kel

Over the first seven months of the year, Minnesota’s job market has been stuck in neutral. After adding 41,900 positions from August to December of 2013, the state has now added a net of only 2,900 jobs since January. Some 133,000 Minnesotans are officially unemployed, and thousands more are working part-time jobs when they would rather work full-time.

Sco Kel
Sco Kel

Think harder before you post.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Like anyone from Dayton's side needs to go out and undermine Johnson's campaign - Johnson will do that all by himself. Dayton can run on a great record - so can Franken. And they'll both win by % double digits. 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@ver5878 @Daily_Teabagger Ask the millions who now have health care insurance and never did before if there's no left or right. Ask the tens of thousands of GLBT couples in America who can now legally marry - and btw, which side is stopping hundreds of thousands more from doing so? Ask the hundreds of thousands of American soldiers who DIDN'T have to deploy to Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, or god know where else thanks to Pres. Obama winding these Republifuck wars down and keeping us out of some others. I think your mind is becoming unraveled.

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

@okf2 You know how you can tell this was done by a Johnson Supporter? It's FUCKING WHAT THEY WROTE!!!!! Jesus, are you really that fucking stupid. 

Here's some "Real Journalistic investigation"  We found you to be a dump prick.

truckmeyer
truckmeyer

Where'd you hide the paint cans, okf2?

Quick! Cover your tracks. Go back on the trail and paint, "Dayton Rulez!"

Then come back here, and be all like, "See? I told you."

That would really show us. We'll see the egg on our faces in the reflection of your tinfoil hat.

okf2
okf2

@ChazDanger (and Truckmeyer) -- Can you possibly be anymore ignorantly "dump"?


Police investigations are filled with instances of race and hate crime hustlers who commit and report crimes that they themselves perpetrate.


This incident may very well have come from someone with the same mindset.

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