PHOENIX, AZ -- "Kill Obama" was spray painted in purple on campaign signs at two locations in Cave Creek, a suburb of Phoenix, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO).
"This is a complete disgrace and gross act towards our president," said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, "My deputies are looking into all avenues of the incident, and it is a top priority."
Neither campaign sign is connected to national politics. One supports a measure that would allow Walmart to open a location in Cave Creek. The other supports a school budget increase to lower class sizes for kindergarten through third grade.
According to MCSO, there are currently no known suspects or witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to call MCSO at 602-876-1011.
The Phoenix area has had a run of high-profile racist incidents recently. Last weekend, an interracial couple was gunned down while walking through a park last weekend after a stranger with a shaved head and tattoos asked the African-American man why he was "with a white woman." Residents of Fountain Hills, another Phoenix suburb, were terrorized recently by racist vandalism that included anti-Semitic and pro-KKK imagery.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which regularly tracks hate groups as part of its mission, says hate groups are growing in Arizona. Two national Nazi events are scheduled to be held in the Phoenix area in the coming weeks: a national Nazi festival in Tonopah in October and a national neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement rally in early November.And a national Neo-Nazi festival is scheduled to be held in Tonopah, another suburb of Phoenix, on October 24th.