Video shows Rep. Todd taking opponent’s signs

Excerpt from the Commercial Appeal:

Todd’s opponent Mark Lovell says the shaky video was recorded by one of his campaign volunteers Sunday morning.

…”He broke the law and the only reason I’m exposing him is the only reason I’m running for office,” Lovell said Tuesday. “We have too many people in office who think they’re above the law. Especially him.”

Todd said Tuesday it’s him in the video.

“Yes I did pick up the signs the other day, and I took ’em,” Todd said. “I wasn’t trying to hide anything. It was daylight.”

Todd said his campaign had received exclusive permission to place the signs on the property. He accused Lovell of violating sign ordinances, too. “I’m trying to do this above board, but he violates every sign ordinance throughout all the municipalities, Germantown and Collierville.”

The videotaped incident follows several weeks of similar tit-for-tat sign placements and removals.

When a similar incident flared up last month, Collierville town administrator James Lewellen said the government doesn’t try to police candidate disputes over placement of signs.

Todd is the incumbent state representative for House District 95 and faces three challengers in the Aug. 4 Republican primary: Diane George, a Realtor and former member of the Shelby County School Board, Dana Matheny, a former health care administrator, and Lovell, a businessman who’s best known locally as a promoter of the Delta Fair and other carnivals.