Lewis Butts Busted for Campaign Sign Caper

Donald Gilliland, Penn Live, May 20, 2013

Harrisburg mayoral candidate Lewis L. Butts, Jr. has been charged with criminal mischief and criminal conspiracy–both misdemeanor counts of the second degree–for defacing the campaign signs of candidate Eric Papenfuse with black spray paint,¬†changing Papenfuse’s name to “Papenpuss.”

The impact on the outcome of the election is negligible, as Butts was polling somewhere between zero and 2 percent.

Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said a taxi driver saw Butts and another, unidentified man defacing a Papenfuse sign at the corner of Cameron and Herr the night of May 11. The taxi driver followed them to another location, where they defaced another sign. The cab driver got the license plate number of the SUV the men were driving. The North Carolina plate was traced to Butts’ sister.

Marsico said Butts admitted to police he had defaced the signs, but refused to give up the name of the man who helped him.

Marsico said the maximum penalty for the charges was two years in prison, but given the value of the signs – $2,100 – and¬†Butts’ prior record, he would most likely be facing a sentence of probation under the sentencing guidelines.


Marsico said investigators got the impression during their interview with Butts that he “regretted his actions and seemed frustrated in the way the campaign was going.”


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  • I think Lewis L. Butts, Jr has a name to which some sign changing could have been done.

    Now Buttlove is facin probation ….. what a deterrent.

  • JQ

    With a name like Butts, why would you engage in a play on words? Oh… Bantu, nevermind…

  • Bill

    Looks like Butts got his a** in a bind…….

  • The__Bobster

    I wonder if he’s related to Tyrone Narcissus Butts, ace reporter for New Nation News.


  • GeneticsareDestiny

    Another great example of black political leadership.

  • bigone4u

    In the spirit of helping the black man who has been oppressed by whitey, I hereby offer my selection of campaign slogans to Mr. Butts:

    “You won’t be catchin me sittin on my Buttz.

    Puttin my Butts in gear for you.

    I’ll work my Buttz off for you.

    I be one Butts that ain’t gonna get behind.

    Get behind Butts.”

    OK, Mr. Butts, use the slogans for free and realize that a white man has helped you out. See we whites aren’t so bad after all, are we?

    • Non Humans

      “I won’t be the Butts of any Jokes”
      “Butts, Ah Din Do Nuffins!”
      “Who Butts me? Lewis Butts”

  • MBlanc46

    I couldn’t imagine why this piece would be on Amren and thought that the incident was childish and silly. Then I was Mr. Butts’s photograph and all became clear.

  • Nathanwartooth

    He was polling between 0 and 2 percent.

    I bust up laughing reading that. Like childishly changing some signs was going to propel him to win.

    The logic is just awful.

  • PDK

    With a head like his and a name like his Butthead comes easily to mind. Thanks.

  • sbuffalonative

    “…refused to give up the name of the man who helped him.”

    Snitches get stitches.

  • I always destroy campaign or commercial signs when they are placed on my HOA property and then reuse some of the materials in projects at home. Using my HOA’s property for your advertising costs $100 per day per sign. No checks.

    There was a Montessory school that had a really nice one on high-grade wood. I wish they would bring me some more of that plywood, but nobody is that stupid.