Monday, 21 September 2020

Donkey sculpture is set on FIRE on front lawn of Democrat politician in Maine - as lawmaker blasts 'act of political terrorism'

 A Democrat donkey sculpture on a front lawn in a Maine town was set on fire in what one lawmaker has called an act of 'political terrorism.'

The sculpture - called Mr H - was burned around 2am Saturday morning in Bowdoinham, 10 miles north of Brunswick, on the property of former select board member Theresa Turgeon.

The large donkey sculpture was built by Doug Chess, a local artist and bus driver, as a symbol of the Democratic Party, and was touring lawns in the neighborhood. 

Turgeon, who is currently running for the town's select board again, said: 'I don't think it was personal to me. I can't imagine that it´s personal to me.

'I think it's because there was a donkey and Democratic. I personally think that's what it's about,' she told Newscentermaine.com.

A donkey sculpture, representing Democratic Party, was burnt in the early hours of Saturday

A donkey sculpture, representing Democratic Party, was burnt in the early hours of Saturday

The donkey, named Mr H, was the labor of love of a local artist and gardener, Doug Chess

The donkey, named Mr H, was the labor of love of a local artist and gardener, Doug Chess

Turgeon wrote on Facebook: 'This is what happened in our yard last night.'

Turgeon wrote on Facebook: 'This is what happened in our yard last night.'

Sheriffs are investigating the arson attack in the small Maine town

Sheriffs are investigating the arson attack in the small Maine town

The sculpture was made out of wood, wire, cardboard, fiberglass and other materials. 

It had been circulating to different lawns around Bowdoinham and Richmond and had been at Turgeon's house since Friday.

The Sagadahoc County dispatch confirmed that a sheriff's deputy was looking into the property damage.


Seth Berry, representative for Bowdoinham in the Maine legislature, called it 'an act of arson and of political terrorism.'

'For 51 years, I have felt safe in Bowdoinham,' he said. 

'It has always been a place where doors are unlocked, and acts of violence only happen in the news. But not anymore.'

Local artist Doug Chess built the sculpture out of fiberglass and cardboard

Local artist Doug Chess built the sculpture out of fiberglass and cardboard

The donkey was designed as a symbol of the Democratic Party, ahead of the November vote

The donkey was designed as a symbol of the Democratic Party, ahead of the November vote

Little by little the donkey took shape in Chess's workshop, ready for transportation in the area

Little by little the donkey took shape in Chess's workshop, ready for transportation in the area

The donkey, named Mr. H, took Chess two full years to build, Berry said

The donkey, named Mr. H, took Chess two full years to build, Berry said

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