Mitt Romney campaign replaces Lake County veteran's torched signs

Howey-in-the-Hills police continue search for vandals

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. - Members of a campaign team for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney replaced a Lake County veteran's Romney signs and American flags after they were torched by vandals.

William Overbay told Local 6 on Thursday that someone ignited the more than one dozen American flags and signs, which supported Romney, that he had lined along his yard. The vandals also painted a sign on his driveway reading "Obama for life," at his DuPont Circle home.

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Members from Romney's Tampa campaign office, along with a group of veterans supporting Romney, drove to Overbay's home to deliver the signs Friday afternoon.

"Our veterans are heroes and each and every American owes a debt of gratitude to the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform," Romney's campaign team said in a statement. "While we were saddened to hear that someone would destroy anybody's property, let alone a veteran's, because of their political beliefs, we were happy to replace his sign with a new one and thank him for his support and service to our country."

Chris Hart of the Veterans for Romney Coalition said he saw Overbay's story on Local 6 on Thursday and wanted to show veterans care about each other.

"No matter how they vote in this election, they care and when something like this happens to one of them you want to take care of them," Hart said.

Overbay told Local 6 on Friday he was surprised and thankful for the big response.

"When I came out of my house the other day to get the newspaper I had no idea that such a stone would turn into a beautiful rose," he said.

Howey-in-the-Hills police said they still have not identified the vandals, but added that they are watching Overbay's replacement signs very closely.

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