We now know the answer to the age-old question: How many Hialeah firefighters does it take to pull down a campaign sign?
Three, plus a firetruck with a ladder.
That was the case earlier this morning when opponents of state House candidate Renier Diaz de la Portilla apparently complained about his sign being affixed to a fence at the JFK library. And yes, it was caught on video. Diaz de la Portilla said other candidates' signs were leaning against the fence, so he had his attached a little higher to make it stand out.
Call the fire department!
Diaz de la Portilla, a sitting school board member, said the city elders of the Hialeah machine have frequently targeted his signs, which he places next to rival Manny Diaz's -- only to see them taken down.
"As long as it's just Manny's signs up, it's fine. But as soon as mine go up, then they have to go," he said. He likened the action to state censorship in Cuba. (Hey, it's Hialeah. Commie opponents are everywhere, right?)
Diaz de la Portilla's older brother and fellow state House candidate, Alex Diaz de la Portilla, said it was a waste of time for first responders to handle a campaign sign. Especially three of them.
"Don't they have a cat they can get out of a tree somewhere?" he asked.
Perhaps. But this also has hazard over-time pay written all over it.