Phoenix woman demands campaigns signs removed from her property

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Linda Bayless is upset about the number of campaign signs on her property. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Linda Bayless is upset about the number of campaign signs on her property. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Bayless she never gave permission to have campaign signs on her property. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Bayless she never gave permission to have campaign signs on her property. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Those campaign signs popping up on street corners and clutter up neighborhoods right now are supposed to win votes. 

But in the case of state Senate candidate Kate Brophy McGee, it's costing her at least one vote in this hotly contested race. 

"(If) they can't obey laws that are already on the books concerning no trespassing on private property, that person doesn't deserve my vote," Phoenix resident Linda Bayless said about the Republican politician. 

She's lamenting the fact that Brophy McGee's campaign has so far ignored her request to remove the political ads from her property. 

"I requested her to take that down in 48 hours, left my name, a telephone number if she wanted to call me back," Bayless said.  

Bayless made the call Wednesday but never did hear back until Friday when she found 18 more Brophy McGee signs hammered into her back lot near Central and Northern avenues. 

Bayless described it as passive aggressive politicking with a clear message.

"That I can't take down their signs and that they're above the law," Bayless said. 

We attempted to contact the campaign on Monday, and after the story was published, we got a response.

"I feel terrible about what happened," Brophy McGee told reporter Dennis Welch.

She and her campaign manager characterized what happened as an "honest mistake" and said the signs will likely come down Monday night or Tuesday.

The race between Brophy McGee and Democrat Eric Meyer is one of the most competitive races and consequential in the state as Democrats attempt to erase the Republican majority and even up the Senate. 

Bayless had no idea about the political significance. 

In fact, she didn't know who Brophy McGee's name was until last week -- and she doesn't seem to care, either. 

All she wants are the signs removed and jokes that she doesn't have the time or energy to do it herself. 

"I'm getting older and older and it's getting harder for me to go out there and take 'em down, I'll tell you that," Bayless said.  

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Before making the move to television, Welch wrote and edited for the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California. Welch is a well-respected political expert in Arizona and his addition means 3TV will provide a stronger, more robust political presence in Arizona. He joins 3TV from the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California.

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