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The Latest: GOP governor candidate’s sign untied from noose

September 18, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on a sign for a Republican gubernatorial candidate in Rhode Island that was hung from a noose in front of a home (all times local):

5:05 p.m.

A sign for a Republican gubernatorial candidate in Rhode Island that was hung from a noose in front of a home has been returned to the campaign.

WPRO-AM reports the homeowner returned the sign to the campaign for Cranston Mayor Allan Fung on Tuesday and apologized.

Fung had said that displaying his campaign sign in Glocester like that is disgusting and hateful. WPRO-AM posted a photo Tuesday on Twitter of the upside down sign.

Homeowner Ray Izzo told WJAR-TV that he’s upset Fung didn’t participate in the typical series of debates before the primary. He says it’s not about race, it’s about taxes.

Fung, who would become the state’s first Asian-American governor if he wins, is challenging Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo in November.

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1 p.m.

A sign for a Republican gubernatorial candidate in Rhode Island has been hung from a noose in front of a home.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung said Tuesday that displaying his campaign sign in Glocester like that is disgusting and hateful.

WJAR-TV reports homeowner Ray Izzo says he’s upset Fung didn’t participate in the typical series of debates before the primary and believes he’s within his rights to keep the display.

Fung is challenging Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo in November. Joe Trillo, who chaired President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign in Rhode Island, is running as an independent.

The homeowner’s lawn displays signs for Trillo and for Robert Flanders, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate, right-side up.

Trillo and Flanders say they don’t condone the conduct.

If Fung wins in November, he’d become the state’s first Asian-American governor.

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