Neighbors take political 'feud' to their yards

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by John Genovese, Cronkite News Service

azfamily.com

Posted on November 6, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 6 at 2:43 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Most people you know might volunteer for a campaign or talk with their friends about who they're supporting, but two Scottsdale neighbors are taking it a step further.

They are voicing their beliefs not only at the polls, but also in their front yards.

"We thought that our yard deserved a little love -- political time, also," said Mitt Romney supporter Linda Shoemaker.

"Before I knew it, we looked like a campaign headquarters for everybody," said Shoemaker's neighbor, Denise Gottlieb, who supports President Barack Obama.

The women live directly across the street from each other in a North Scottsdale neighborhood and they both have no fear expressing or posting their political beliefs.

"We do this every time there's an election with our neighbors across the street," Gottlieb said.

The signs are scattered across both front yards.

At Shoemaker's house, one criticizes President Obama's response to the Libya attacks, another pokes fun at his campaign slogans.

At Gottlieb's home, the names of Democratic candidates blanket the front yard. One placard references Mitt Romney's infamous "47 percent remark."

But one sign in particular prompted both neighbors to bark.

Gottlieb posted a sign that shows a dog on top of a car and reads "Dogs against Romney."

"And so I thought it would be kind of clever to make a 'Dogs against Obama' sign to kind of counter hers," Shoemaker said.

Neighbor Scott Watkins has a front-row seat to it all.

"It's kind of fun because every major election, Denise and the neighbors over there go at it with their signs," Watkins said. "Denise will put one up and then they'll put one up to kind of counter it."

Passers-by are taking note.

"They'll stop at Jack and Linda's house and then they'll come over and look at our signs, too," Gottlieb said. "I can see them chuckling because then I'll stand on the porch and they'll drive off."

Despite their different beliefs, both neighbors said they respect the other and remain friends.

And no sign can stress the importance of this election.

"The election is not about this sign," Shoemaker said. "It's about our preference and who we believe is right to lead the country."

And the preferences that millions of other Americans will voice Tuesday at the polls.

Both women are excited to watch the results Tuesday night and regardless of what happens, they said the signs will be back out in 2014.
 
 

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