Robert Sullivan Erects Anti-Obama Billboard, Upsets Town

| by Michael Allen

In Hanson, Massachusetts, Robert Sullivan, owner of Sullivans Inc., a motorcycle accessories distributor, has erected two anti-Obama billboards, reports the Patriot Ledger.

One of the billboards reads: “Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot. Obama One Big Ass Mistake America, Vote Mitt Romney for 2012!”

Building commissioner and zoning enforcement officer Robert P. Curran told the Patriot Ledger: "It is a sign that ... is in violation of general bylaws. It also doesn’t meet any of the zoning bylaw criteria for the signs to exist as they are.”

Curran informed Sullivan of the violations in a letter dated Aug. 2, but the billboards are still up.

Sullivan’s attorney, Roger S. Davis of Quincy, told the Patriot Ledger: “First amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It’s called freedom of speech. The signs in question are political signs and therefore, they do not appear to meet the definition of a sign described in the billboard article."

Davis also said that the matter “has already been resolved” with Town Administrator Rene Read.