Candidate, 54, Arrested for Tearing Down Rival's Signs
Did we mention his opponent is 18?
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 6, 2012 11:52 AM CST
Rick Gemienhardt allegedly ripped down his teenage opponent's fliers.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The race for the Berlin Township seat on the Delaware County GOP's Central Committee got ugly yesterday, when candidate Rick Gemienhardt, 54, was arrested for tearing down campaign fliers put up by his opponent, Adam Fleischer—an 18-year-old high school senior. Fleischer was hanging posters on doors yesterday when "I looked out my rearview mirror, and I saw my opponent following" me, he tells the Columbus Dispatch. "I literally saw him take one of the fliers off the door."

Gemeinhardt allegedly tossed the pilfered fliers down a sewer drain. Fleischer called the sheriff's department, as did several other neighborhood residents. Deputies soon arrested Gemienhardt, charging him with theft, criminal mischief, and littering. He is to appear in court on Thursday. Gemienhardt has denied the allegations.

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Mar 6, 2012 7:22 PM CST
Very mature. Especially running against an 18 year old. I guess we know who the adult in the race
Mar 6, 2012 3:45 PM CST
Does he win Jail time?
Mar 6, 2012 3:28 PM CST
Everytime you hear about these kinda things happening, it's always the candidate themselves doing the vandalism. Can't these guys find some, anonymous, pal to do the deed?