Tea Party trashed on sign


POSTED: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 10:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 10:39pm

Virginia flower shop draws attention with sign that pokes fun at the Tea Party. Jenna Zibton reports.

(WSLS)A scrolling business sign in Roanoke, Virgina has drawn controversy.

The sign currently reads: "We support local families, businesses and government employees impacted by the shutdown"

But a message scrolling earlier this week is causing controversy.

"Teabags filled with manure only make good fertilizer not good House and Senate members" was the message scrolling Friday through Monday.

"My message was to be political humor with a gardening twist since we deal in plants and horticulture. It has obviously started a great amount of discussion both positive and negative," said George Clements, the president and founder of the florist shop. "I feel very strongly when I found out the newly reopened Peaks of Otter Lodge was going to be laying off 80 plus employees, it saddened me. I feel that the Peaks is a gem for us. There's nothing better for me in October or November getting to ride up on my motorcycle up there, hike to the top and get rewarded with that wonderful buffet afterwards."

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