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Fung files police complaint over missing campaign signs in Cranston

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CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) – Cranston Mayor Allan Fung chalked it up to the “usual stupidity” during campaign season, but he filed a complaint with his police department nonetheless.

Sometime overnight Monday, Fung said two “large” campaign signs supporting his wife’s candidacy for state representative in District 15 vanished.

But less than 24 hours after filing the police report, the owner of the property says the signs are all sitting in a dumpster.

Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung, a Republican, is running against Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

Mayor Fung said the signs were placed on commercial property owned by the Carpionato Group on Oaklawn Avenue and Scituate Avenue Saturday night, and by Tuesday morning they were gone.

By Wednesday afternoon the mystery had been solved. Gregg Perry, a spokesperson for the Carpionato Group, said while Fenton-Fung had permission to put a political sign on the property, other campaigns did not and an executive from the company felt the collection had become an “eyesore.”

“The executive called maintenance and said take them all down,” Perry said. “This morning after seeing some news stories we contacted the Cranston police we let them know Carpionato had taken the signs down.”

Perry said originally they did not think they had removed Fenton-Fung’s signs, but then determined the signs had all been thrown in a dumpster.

Prior to those developments Fenton-Fung said in an email, “while clearly someone is intimidated by cardboard with my name on it, they will be sad to discover that doing this only makes them multiply upon their return.”

Patti Doyle, a spokesperson for the Mattiello campaign blasted Fenton-Fung in a statement, saying “Mayor Fung and his wife insinuated this morning that my opponent’s signs on Carpionato property were removed by my campaign, which on the face of it is entirely ludicrous.”

“We therefore have a situation where the mayor and his wife have filed a false police report and in so doing, have  misled  the constituents of District 15, and beyond,” Doyle wrote. “They should apologize to our city’s residents and my campaign.”

Tim White (twhite@wpri.com) is the Target 12 investigative reporter and host of Newsmakers for WPRI 12 and Fox Providence. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook

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