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5:46 PM, Oct 20, 2008 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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The Washington Post reports: "In the week since posting McCain-Palin signs on its front lawn, a Clinton hotel has reported receiving threatening calls but losing little business in predominantly Democratic Prince George's County, according to a hotel manager and the owner's son."

Michael Chiaramonte, 46, the hotel owner's son and chief executive of Southern Maryland Hospital and chairman of the Greater Prince George's Business Roundtable board of directors, said, "We have gotten to the place where intimidation is used over political disagreement, sadly, and it hurts a little coming from the same community we've worked to support." ...

"There are some who seek to redirect the focus," said Arthur Turner, a community activist. "In Prince George's, where there are no Republican elected officials and voters are overwhelmingly Democrats, to thumb their noses by putting up those signs is likewise disrespectful."