Local billboards feature GOP with Soviet hammer and sickle

This billboard sign at the intersection of Colorado Highway 340 and West Avenue was paid for by Informed Citizens of Mesa County and MadDogPAC.

Ever the provocateur, Grand Junction's Anne Landman is at it again.

The liberal blogger and local author decided to make a public statement about President Donald Trump and his recent meeting with Russia President Vladimir Putin.

But unlike the sign she organized urging Mesa County voters asking them to reject GOP state Sen. Ray Scott in his re-election bid in last month's primary, this one is aimed at the entire Republican Party.

The sign some motorists probably have already seen shows the GOP on an all-red background with the "O" replaced with a Soviet-era hammer and sickle.

"I bought the billboard myself for a week purely out of my own level of outrage and frustration over Trump's secret meeting with Putin in Helsinki," Landman said. "The things he did and said, trusting Putin over the conclusions of all of our own country's intelligence agencies, blaming Americans for Russian cyber attacks on our election, making secret agreements, offering to consider handing Americans over to Putin's intelligence agents to be interrogated, it was just unbelievable."

Landman said she has since received numerous donations from others around town to expand the billboards for a few more weeks.

She said the sign initially cost her $265 for a week. Since then, she's collected another $1,696, and plans to post the sign, which currently is on an electronic billboard on U.S. Highway 6&50 at the Rimrock Marketplace, in at least two other locations.

Landman said she got the idea for the sign from a Facebook friend and contacted the owner of the image, MadDog PAC, a political action committee formed to raise money to build political opposition to Trump, for permission to use it.

"The billboard seems to be a lightning rod for the frustration of people with the Trump administration, and what it is doing to our country," Landman said. "Also, Democrats and progressives in our area have long been suppressed, outnumbered, made fun of, denigrated and lived in fear of speaking their minds and they are just rallying around this in a way I never imagined."

She said someone else has taken that same image and made stickers out of it, doing so without permission from MadDog, permission that Landman has now obtained.

Local Republican officials could not be reached for comment on Friday.

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