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Campaign rhetoric revs up before election

Posted: 6:08 PM, Oct 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-29 23:16:47Z

As Election Day draws closer, you can expect to be inundated with TV political ads, volunteers turning out the vote and debates between candidates.

But Dave Pantos didn't expect to discover a dead animal placed on his driveway Friday night when returning home.

"As I got closer to it, I started seeing there was blood inside the bag," he said.

The finance director for Kara Eastman, the Democrat challenging Republican incumbent Don Bacon in the second congressional district race, said he found a dead opossum inside a white trash bag. His home doubles as the address for campaign-related mail.

For the candidate, Eastman believes the sender meant it for her. 

As for the message, still unclear, she says.   

"I don't really know what message that [they] would be trying to send other than I guess they don't like my policy positions," Eastman said Monday.

The congressman condemned the act during a debate Sunday.

"What was done to her campaign finance director was despicable," Bacon said. "I hope this person is caught and held accountable."

But campaign rhetoric doesn't end there.

Earlier this month, Omaha police issued a ticket to a man after camera surveillance caught him removing a Don Bacon political sign from a business near 36th and Dodge streets. 

According to a police report, he later threw it in a nearby dumpster.

The man told investigators he removed the sign because he didn't agree with the Republican candidate's politics.

As the political race heats up across the country and issues pit people against each other, Pantos believes if you really disagree with a candidate then you can always do the following:

"Get that ballot," he said. "And vote."