Levy suspects her Leftist bumper stickersKerry 2004, and Proud to Be a Democratmay have played a role in motivating the incidents. While she cannot confirm the motive at this time, she says shes been explicitly harassed in her neighborhood before.
The very night before David [RuthEs husband] put a bumper sticker on his car, Proud to be a Democrat, Levy said.
We got a security camera after the first incident [in January], because I was afraid whoever it was, was going to do it again, Levy told Atlanta Progressive News. And sure enough about 2 weeks later, I came out on a Monday morning at 6am to go to school, and there was my husbands car station wagon covered in black paint.
The car said f*ck yous all over it, Levy said.
Thats why we had his car taken care of first because it was definitely readable. It was not nice, definitely not nice. After the second incident I went inside and woke up my husband.
The night before we were at a restaurant in East Cobb less than 2 miles from where we lived and while we were sitting these someone left us a nasty note, How could you be so stupid as to put a bumper sticker on your car that proves that youre stupid? That was pretty clear, Levy said.
Ill tell you, all these years, it wasnt until Kerry in 2004 that I actually had a courage to put a bumper sticker on my car, and I have been stopped and harassed. One day I was driving on a Saturday morning on my way to Temple. A guy honked at me. I thought something wrong so I get out of my car, and he said how could you be so stupid as to vote for Kerry. It was upsetting for me on my Sabbath for that kind of thing to happen, Levy said. Levy is an observant Reform Jew.
The security cameras cost Levy and her family about $350, she said. The neighbors were very happy [when we got them] because they were worried something would happen to them. They were all afraid this kid would come back and do something to their car.
I think shes a good person. Shes got some good issues. I like what shes saying. Im supporting her and I know a lot of my friends are as well, Sander Bellman, Chairman of the East Cobb County Democratic Alliance, told Atlanta Progressive News.
Atlanta Progressive News first interviewed Levy at a Meet the Candidates Forum a few weeks ago. According to an APN analysis, Levy is one of the most progressive Democratic candidates in Georgia.
Ive been against the Iraq War since it ever started, Levy said during that event. Its doing everything bad for our country and is destroying our military.
The first incident was a Saturday morning early. We had guests over for dinner for Friday night Shabbat. They left at 10:30, and our car was fine. I have a little red car, Levy recounted.
So I came out early the following morning and there it was all painted purple and so I called the police and they came and took a report and basically did not much. We were upset about that, so I asked David to get a security camera. And I still go out there every morning worrying about whether were gonna get our cars painted, Levy said.