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LARWILL â The spokesman for the Whitley County political group responsible for a controversial billboard that was removed Monday from a location near the Allen County line says the advertisementâs new location near Larwill is even better.
David Ditton, representing the Whitley County Patriots, said the advertising company Perma Advertising based in Pierceton was asked by a representative of Steel Dynamics, Inc. on Thursday to have the billboard removed as soon as possible.
âItâs been up since Aug. 29,â said Ditton, who added that the group purchased three months of advertising. âItâs just that no one noticed it.â
The sign was criticized by local Democrats who said the verbiage makes a direct comparison between President Barack Obama and terrorist Osama bin Laden.
Ditton responded by saying the message was just meant to refer to Obama as a âthreatâ to the country.
The billboard reads âthe Navy Seals removed one threat to AmericaâŠ the voters must remove the other.â
Ditton said Monday that SDI, which leases the space to Perma where the original billboard was located, was well within its rights to ask for the signâs removal.
âI donât want to throw SDI under the bus, they have to serve a wide customer base,â he said.
Ditton added that he didnât know whether the removal of the original sign had any correlation with the visit to SDIâs Columbia City plant on Monday by U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman.
Efforts to reach SDI General Manager John Nolan were unsuccessful Monday afternoon.