A 300-pound Romney sign has found a new home with an Iowa GOP operative who learned about the abandoned sign online. The massive sign is shaped like the State of Iowa; it was created by Giese Manufacturing in Dubuque, a metal fabrication shop. The heavy chunk of metal was made for a Romney campaign rally in the state. Since then, it has sat at Romney's former campaign headquarters in an Urbandale storefront.
According to a Jan. 11, 2013 report by the Desmoines Register, the proud new owner of the A 300-pound Romney sign is a 27-year-old former staffer in the Iowa Senate named Don McDowell who is an avid collector of political memorabilia. The new owner wasted no time moving his latest acquisition to his garage, where it will wait until McDowell decides what to do with it. He paid a total of $105 for labor and a truck rental to move the sign to its new location.
The sign was being offered on Craigslist for free, but McDowell may never have learned about it if he hadn't read about the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of history in the Desmoines Register.
Now that the 300-pound Romney sign has been removed from the rented former location of the campaign headquarters, the Urbandale storefront is officially empty of anything related to Romney's failed presidential campaign.