St. Olaf professor confesses to stealing campaign signs
A professor at St. Olaf has confessed on a national blog to stealing McCain campaign yard signs, describing the experience as thrilling and satisfying, if immature.
Phillip Busse a visiting professor teaching media studies at the Northfield college said he hoped to point out the bizarre things people do during the intense political season, the Star Tribune reports.
Busse wrote an essay for the online blog Huffington Post, stating "yanking out the signs and running like a scared rabbit back to my idling car was one of the single-most exhilarating and empowering political acts that I have ever done.''
The Pioneer Press reports that Busse expressed remorse in an e-mail to the Northfield News, calling his actions â€śimmature and impetuous.â€?
According to the Star Tribune, Busse has already spoken with sheriffs about offering restitution from the signs, but he wonâ€™t find out if he will be charged until next week.
A St. Olaf representative said that they do not condone Busseâ€™s actions, noting that he is a visiting professor at the school teaching one class for one semester.
Sign stealing has affected both parties, with a McCain campaign aide saying that an estimated 1,000 yard signs had been stolen in Minnesota alone. An Obama campaign spokesman estimated that 3,000 Obama signs had been stolen or destroyed.