More than just a political insult, snowflakes have been seen in parts of Georgia’s Sixth District in the week following the heated runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff.
The snowflake shapes have been cut out of the rectangular political signs that were as numerous as traffic lights and stop signs across the district, and officials initially weren’t aware who was responsible for the lighthearted dig at both candidates. Perhaps it was a libertarian who was unhappy with the options presented in the runoff, or the fact that it was the most expensive House race in history, with over $50 million spent?
On Wednesday, the brains behind the altered signs came forth – sort of. A man who goes by the pseudonym Hamilton Burger spoke with Reporter Newspapers, a group that covers several neighborhoods in the Sixth District, and confessed he’s the person cutting up the signs, and the symbol he chose means exactly what you think it means.
“I know this an insult from both sides, so it seemed appropriate,” Burger told Reporter Newspapers. “Those who wish to be offended will be offended. I’ve heard all of it. Whatever you’re going to see, you’re going to see.”
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Burger said he was an Ossoff supporter and has lived in the district since 1973, but he chose to go after both sides because of a discussion he had with a friend about just how out-of-control this runoff was. He mostly wanted to make people smile, he told Reporter Newspapers, after a nasty race in which there was quite a bit of name-calling.
The snowflakes have been planted all across Dunwoody, but city officials have started to remove them from street corners, AJC.com reported. Burger acquired the signs by requesting them from homeowners, grabbing them off street corners or old-fashioned dumpster-diving outside Ossoff’s Chamblee office.
With an estimated 300 signs transformed into snowflakes, it may take a while to remove them all. But at the end of his small act of rebellion, Burger feels he got something out of the runoff, even if his candidate didn’t win.
“Back in the day, there were those T-shirts that said, ‘My parents went to Florida and all I got was this crappy T-shirt,'” Burger told Reporter Newspapers. “Well, my district had a $50 million election and all I got were these crappy signs.”Follow @Sean_Breslin