Tear Down This Statue: Ronald Reagan Image Vandalized

Doing What Mondale Couldn't

By Chris Roberts
|  Monday, Nov 7, 2011  |  Updated 4:44 PM PDT
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Tear Down This Statue: Reagan Vandalized

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This statue, in Alexandria, Va., is faring better than the Reagan statue in Southern California.

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Vandals attacked a life-sized statue of former President Ronald Reagan over the weekend, according to reports.

Police believe the statue was pulled off of its foundation by vandals using a chain, probably affixed to some sort of vehicle, according to a report in the San Jose Mercury News. A pickup truck, or very mighty liberal strongman, is suspected.

The $60,000 statue is made of bronze and is situated in a park in Newport Beach. The image was likely targeted for sale as scrap metal by needy thieves -- or it's possible that the vandals don't really like Reagan, Newport Beach police. Sgt. Kirk Jacobi told the Orange County Register.

The statue was pulled from its base and stood at an angle before city crews removed it for repairs.

The statue is a new addition to the area; it was dedicated Oct. 9 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 40th president's birth.

Say what you want about the Gipper -- he shall not be moved.

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