Jeff Backer enemies use swastika in attack posters
If there's any truth to the power of subliminal messaging, this probably isn't District 9 state Senate candidate Jeff Backer's ideal way to be making headlines.
Posters featuring the Republican and a picture of Adolph Hitler set to the backdrop of a swastika started appearing Friday in Browns Valley, a small town on the Minnesota-South Dakota border of which Backer is also the Mayor.
Since then, about 14 Nazi-themed Backer posters have been tallied. A few feature pictures of Backer wearing a Hitler-esk mustache, presumably not to leave any argument as to the artist's intended message.
So far, no one has taken credit for the signs. Backer's opponent, Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon, told reporters for the Fargo Forum that they weren't the handy work of his campaign. Backer and Langseth are writing the posters off as a tasteless prank and asking that everyone just move on.
But the Traverse County Sheriff's department might not be so forgiving. If caught, the culprits could face criminal charges.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss City Pages' biggest stories.
- Slowly, Lake Calhoun is losing its weird tribute to Mr. Slavery
Sun., Sep. 20, 12:00pm
Sat., Sep. 26, 2:30pm
Sun., Sep. 27, 12:00pm
Sat., Oct. 3, 7:00pm
- Kitty Westin wants to save parents from having to bury a child
- Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner says toy hamster stole her name and her looks