Bridgeport Fire Dept unhappy with Dems

Dudzinski signs defaced with Lynn Jennings stickers

It didn't take long for the controversy to heat up.

Just days after the Democratic Caucus announced their candidates for the November elections in Cicero, Republicans are already accusing the Democrats of defacing their campaign signs -- and the Bridgeport Fire Department is sending Democrats the bill.

Cicero Supervisor Chet Dudzinski and the Republican Party of Cicero donated $500 to the Bridgeport Fire Department, and in return they were allowed to place four Dudzinski for Supervisor signs in front of the firehouse prior to the Bridgeport Field Days.

During the day on Friday, an unknown individual placed Lynn Jennings for Town Council stickers on the signs, covering them completely. Lynn Jennings, a Democrat, is seeking the council seat and running against incumbent Jim Corl.

Dudzinski saw the stickers, removed them, and informed Scott Griffith, Chairman of Field Days.

"It's not right," Dudzinski said. "We donated $500 through the Bridgeport Fire Department. Anyone can do that and get signs put up. If they want to deface ours, that's just wrong."

On Saturday, more stickers were placed on the signs. This time the stickers displayed the address of the Cicero Democrat's web-site, according to Town Chairman Jim Duvall.

"It may have been a supporter and not an individual in the party," Duvall said. "But either way it was wrong."

Bridgeport Fire Chief Paul Smith agreed.

"That was advertising that [the Republicans] paid for," Smith said. "It makes you wonder what they'd do in office. It's too bad they have to play like that."

Smith confirmed that the Bridgeport Fire Department would be billing the Cicero Democrats the $500 cost of the sign placement.

Calls to Lynn Jennings' home were not immediately returned.

Dudzinski's opponent Patricia Rizzo had not heard about the incident when reached on Tuesday afternoon.

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