Florida resident and musician Mike Meehan is a complete douche bag and here’s why:
The man behind the billboard is Mike Meehan, a St. Cloud businessman and musician. His website advertises a CD and music video titled “The Republican Song,” with the chorus, “Don’t vote for a Democrat.” He’s selling CDs for $5.
“This is a blatant exploitation of that terrible tragedy for political and, perhaps even worse, personal gain,” said Bill Robinson, Orange County Democratic Party Chair.
Orange County Democrats are calling for the billboard to come down and the local Republican Party has said the ad is “inappropriate.” Meehan hadn’t returned Channel 9 calls or e-mails Monday afternoon, but some are defending his right to free speech.
“They can have their opinion. It’s a free country, if they want to pay for the ad. I’m sure it’s expensive,” resident Louis Champeau told Eyewitness News.
The company that owns the billboard, Beech Outdoor Advertising, views it as a fundamental first amendment issue and for that reason wouldn’t censor the ad. The billboard will be up until after the November election.
I agree that he has every right to put the billboard up and I have every right to call the man a douche bag for doing so. I suppose if there’s one positive thing about this situation is that it gives everyone a chance to exercise their right to free speech.