In a time of big money campaigns, volunteers in one Florida Congressional race are a real throwback. As Matt Galka tells us, some folks are getting crafty when it comes to yard signs.
Meet Herb Shelton. He’s not running for anything so don’t expect to see his name on the ballot. But Shelton has become a big part of one Congressional campaign.
Shelton has been hand painting signs for Congressional District 2 Democrat Walter Dartland. Shelton recycles old signs used for previous campaigns and paints over them.
“If somebody wants to discard em, it’s not coming out of my pocket, it’s not coming out of his pocket, it doesn’t cost anything,” he said.
And he did it without any prompting from Dartland. Shelton just noticed there were no signs around town.
“He was kinda thrilled, I mean he thought it was really something that some people thought that much of him, I mean how many people do you see out there painting signs for their candidate? Especially when he’s strapped, he didn’t have any,” said Shelton.
Dartland’s raised more than $100,000 for his campaign. His opponent Neal Dunn – $1.7 million. So he gladly took the help.
“They took it upon themselves, it wasn’t my urging, upon themselves to say “welp, we don’t have the money to buy any so we’ll just create them.” It’s taken off and more volunteers want to do more painting, it’s been a very successful event so more thanks to them,” said Dartland.
Shelton has put up more than 120 hand painted signs with some help of others around the district.
“Maybe this will help him in his big campaign because he is the underdog right now,” he said.
Dunn is expected to win the seat.