Campaign sign out of sight

It's a new district and several candidates want to represent it.

Congressional District 34 is made up of 11 counties, running from the Rio Grande Valley to Gonzales County, outside of San Antonio.

Candidate Salomon Torres said he's already spent $6,000 on campaign signs to get his name and face out to voters.

He asked the owner of Great China Buffet at the intersection of Business 77 and Treasure Hills Boulevard in Harlingen, permission to put up this 4 foot by 8 foot sign.

"We were very proud of this location, Torres said. It's close to my neighborhood, it's close to Valley Baptist (Medical Center), close to the medial district, and we actually we started to receive very favorable feedback from supporters."

However, Torres said his choice of location turned sour after another candidate's sign went up directly in front of his sign - blocking it from view.

"This type of action is a disservice to voters, given that voters, all they want is clear accurate information about the candidates and that includes signage," Torres said.

Torres calls it a disheartening tactic, but opponent and also Congressional Candidate Denise Blanchard said her sign was not intentionally placed there.

She said it TMs an issue she won TMt dwell on.

"Our campaign is very focused on trying to do things like create jobs, protect Social Security, get a better education for our kids - this is not something that is our focus, Blanchard said. Our focus is trying to do the right things."

Blanchard said she's gaining many supporters in the district and the misunderstanding could've been addressed with a friendly phone call from Torres' camp.

But Torres said if Blanchard is so in tune with what's going on in her campaign and the streets of the district she aims to represent, she would TMve been aware of the placement of her sign, without needing someone to call her out on it.