We’ve been following a growing controversy here in Indiana County, after a local business claimed that the chairman of the county’s Democratic Committee asked that an sign decrying President Obama’s so-called “War on Coal” be removed from the shop’s window.
Charles Hildebrand says that Democratic Chairman Ron Fairman asked him to remove the sign, telling him that he would no longer shop at the business, located along Ben Franklin Road.
Furthermore, Hildebrand says Fairman told him that he would launch a viral e-mail campaign against the store if the sign was not removed. We spoke with Ron Fairman today, he says he did say he would not shop at Hildebrand, but denies that claim that he threatened to launch the e-mail campaign.
He says it is the store's right to display the sign and his right not to shop there. The story has become a hot topic across the area, even popping up on a syndicated Pittsburgh talk radio program. In talking with both men, they each agree the issue may have become a bit overblown. Both men declined on-air interviews for this story.