Post & Mail photo / Phil Smith: The controversial billboard sponsored by The Whitley County Patriots was moved from the Whitley-Allen county line to a spot west of Larwill.
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 advertisementâ€™s 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.
â€śItâ€™s been up since Aug. 29,â€ť said Ditton, who added that the group purchased three months of advertising. â€śItâ€™s just that no one noticed it.â€ť
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 â€śthreatâ€ť to the country.
The billboard reads â€śthe Navy Seals removed one threat to Americaâ€¦ the voters must remove the other.â€ť
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 signâ€™s removal.
â€śI donâ€™t want to throw SDI under the bus, they have to serve a wide customer base,â€ť he said.
Ditton added that he didnâ€™t know whether the removal of the original sign had any correlation with the visit to SDIâ€™s Columbia City plant on Monday by U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman.
Efforts to reach SDI General Manager John Nolan were unsuccessful Monday afternoon.