Southern Minn. Teen Cited for Ron Paul Decal!

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Fri, 02/29/2008 - 11:59pm.

 Hauer, 18, decided to support the Republican presidential hopeful by displaying a 13-inch-by-40-inch "Ron Paul Revolution" decal on his Buick Park Avenue. The problem is, such decals are illegal if they obstruct the driver's view.

Cody Hauer is an enthusiastic Ron Paul supporter, but it could cost him more than $550 after receiving four citations in one week for having a large decal on his rear window.

Still, Hauer questions whether he was targeted and says he plans to contest each citation in court next month.

"I support Ron Paul, the city Police Department doesn't," he said. "They gave me a DWR - driving while Republican."

Owatonna Police Chief Shaun LaDue disputes that.

"The political aspect of this doesn't enter into the equation at all," LaDue told The Associated Press. "It's very clear in state statute that you cannot have anything that obstructs the driver's vision."

LaDue also said Hauer had been cited four different times because besides being in violation of the law, during each traffic stop he showed disrespect toward the officer. "He talks himself into a citation each time," LaDue said.

Hauer said he'll argue in court that the law violates his First Amendment right to free speech.

"To be honest, I'm probably not going to win, but I'm going to go down fighting," he said.

Associated Press - February 8, 2008 - posted at

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Fri, 02/29/2008 - 11:59pm.