Former President Donald Trump recently blessed the re-election campaign of Sarasota Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan.
But a pro-Trump Buchanan primary challenger is not feeling the same kind of love.
Martin Hyde, also of Sarasota, faces fines from his homeowner’s association, according to Newsmax.
His offense: Publicizing the “Let’s go Brandon” slogan.
According to Newsmax, Hyde initially spelled out the anti-Biden phrase in a holiday display from the balcony of his home on Dec. 12.
He soon received a letter from his HOA with a “friendly reminder” that signs are not allowed. Such violations also bring a fine of up to $150 a day, the letter added.
Hyde told a local newspaper that the sign was not a sign; rather, it was a display of Christmas lights. “They are individual letters that light up, that’s lights where I come from,” he said.
Then, he doubled down last week. He put up a second, bigger display last Wednesday that read “#FJB” – for “F–k Joe Biden.”
The “Let’s go Brandon” slogan emerged in October when an NBC sports reporter suggested to NASCAR driver Brandon Brown in an interview that the crowd chanting in the background was cheering him instead of their actual phrase, “F–k Joe Biden.”
Hyde told the local media that the display was not a campaign stunt.
“It’s fully in keeping with my personality and my campaign,” Hyde said, according to Newsmax. “Anybody who doesn’t like it, it’s one street … don’t come.”
“Did I know it was provocative? Absolutely. Did I expect it to take on this level? No.”
Hyde also maintained that the HOA letter was a political shot across his bow from his blue-leaning subdivision.
“If I put a message up there they liked, they’d be slapping me on the back,” he told local media. “It’s got everything to do with they don’t like what it says.”
The president of the HOA in the Laurel Park community denied that.
He told the local media that it was a “simple contract issue,” because Hyde, in buying his home, “signed documents stating that he would abide by all HOA rules — including no signs other than house numbers or For Sale notices. Other residents have been asked to remove signs and have complied without any problems, but Mr. Hyde refuses to do so.”
Hyde said he intends to take down the display after the holidays.
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