Massachusetts man arrested for allegedly setting fire to bales of hay showing support for Joe Biden
In Massachusetts, a man allegedly set fire to bales of hay that expressed support for former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, in 2020's presidential election.
ABC News 10, the ABC Television affiliate in Albany, New York, is reporting that police in Dalton, Massachusetts have arrested a local man, Lonnie Durfee, for allegedly setting that fire. According to ABC News 10's Jack Summers, the Dalton Police Department and the Dalton Fire Department "responded to a reported fire" on Friday, October 9 "along Route 9 across from the Holiday Brook Farm."
Summers explains, "Police said the owners of Holiday Brook Farm had recently painted the outer plastic wrap of hay bales to show support for the Biden/Harris presidential campaign. However, the hay bales were reportedly lit on fire and destroyed."
Durfee, Summers reports, was arrested by Dalton police following an investigation. He has been charged with burning personal property.
Massachusetts is among the blue states that Biden is almost certain to win. Although moderate Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (a Never Trump Republican) was reelected by a landslide in 2018 in the Democrat-leaning New England state, Trump is wildly unpopular among Massachusetts voters. An Emerson College poll released in late August found Trump trailing Biden by 38% in Massachusetts, and a WBUR/MassInc poll released earlier in the month found Biden with a 36% lead in that state.