Firetruck endorsing mayoral candidate appears again in Cape Cora


CAPE CORAL, Fla. -

A privately owned firetruck, plastered with campaign signs, made another appearance in Cape Coral in front of an old city fire station.

Last month, Cape Coral residents were angry thinking the city’s fire department was endorsing mayoral candidate Joe Coviello. The truck was later moved, and stripped of it’s political signage.

On Monday, the truck was spotted again, covered in campaign signs, parked feet away from a former Cape Coral fire station on Veteran’s Parkway and Santa Barbara Boulevard.

“I think they should stop it,” said Cape voter Ivan Vega. “It’s influencing people that the fire department is supporting Coviello. And if it isn’t true, they shouldn’t be putting it up.”

Cape Coral fire officials said the department never endorses political candidates, and would never use any of its resources to campaign for one.

When reached for comment, Coviello said he sees no issue with the firetruck, or it’s placement, especially after the Cape Coral firefighter’s union endorsed him.

Resident Levi McQuinn agreed.

“I think if the candidate has received support from the union, that’s pretty legitimate,” he said. “The firefighters themselves seem to be supporting him.”

The firetruck’s owner said he is a longtime friend of Coviello’s and that he followed all the proper rules before parking it near the old fire station, even getting approval from Cape code enforcement.

He said the truck would be moved to another location on Tuesday; the same day voters go to the polls.

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