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Lewis Butts apologizes for graffiti-ing Papenfuse's signs

Updated: Monday, August 12 2013, 05:22 PM CDT
Reported by: Jesse Knutson

HARRISBURG -- Write-in candidate for Harrisburg Mayor Lewis Butts was at Dauphin County Prison today for his preliminary hearing for defacing campaign signs belonging to Eric Papenfuse back in May.
 
“I really want to make amends for what I did,” Butts said. “I really want to make sure the public understands that we need to move forward, we need to move past the antics of the primaries.”
 
Butts waived his preliminary hearing, having already admitted to the crime of spray painting “P-U-S-S” on Papenfuse to make it spell “Papenpuss”.
 
“I do regret writing on the signs,” Butts said.
 
Papenfuse, the Democratic candidate for mayor, was in the courtroom as a witness, but he chose not to give a comment to TV cameras, saying the focus should be on the race itself.

Butts agrees, saying it’s time to show the public that he is what the city needs in a mayor, citing economic development, reducing crime, getting homeless off the streets, and beautifying Harrisburg’s natural sceneries.
 
Butts says he plans on boosting the economy by launching free citywide internet, a hydro-electric dam on the Susquehanna River, an aquarium in Downtown Harrisburg, and Indy racing on the streets and bridges of the city. Many wonder where the money for these ideas would come from, but Butts says that’s not important right now.
 
“There’s money issues, but actually, it’s all about the idea first,” explained Butts. “(If you have the idea first) then you know what to do when you get the money. That’s the key.”
 
Butts only received 64 votes in the primary election, compared to Eric Papenfuse’s 2,467 votes, but Butts says all that matters is the general election.
 
“I’ve designed new signs and my street team is ready to go out,” Butts said. “I’m fighting for the people, that’s why I’m here, and that’s why I’m going to be here tomorrow.”
 
Butts’ sentencing is set for Oct. 1, where he will likely receive a fine. 
Lewis Butts apologizes for graffiti-ing Papenfuse's signs


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