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Anti-Obama billboard on I-70 draws bipartisan scorn

By: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 14, 2010
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photo - An anti-Democrat billboard flies high above the Interstate 70 business loop near Grand Junction. Photo by COURTESY THE (GRAND JUNCTION) DAILY SENTINEL
An anti-Democrat billboard flies high above the Interstate 70 business loop near Grand Junction. Photo by COURTESY THE (GRAND JUNCTION) DAILY SENTINEL 

GRAND JUNCTION — A billboard in western Colorado that uses caricatures to depict President Barack Obama as a terrorist, gangster, Mexican bandit and a gay man has attracted bipartisan scorn from local political officials.

The billboard along an Interstate 70 business loop in Grand Junction shows the four figures around a table playing cards and rats below.

The sign reads "Vote DemocRAT. Join the game" at the top.

Mesa County Democratic Party Chairwoman Martelle Daniels calls the billboard racist and homophobic. Her GOP counterpart, Chuck Pabst, describes it as "juvenile" and "reprehensible."

The artist tells The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction that he's not allowed to say who paid for it. Paul Snover of nearby Loma says he would have included Republicans as part of the problem.

Click here to read the full story from Grand Junction.

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