Abused Child Alcohol Ad Creates Controversy 10/18/13
CBS 7 News
A sign displayed to defeat an upcoming alcohol referendum outrages some residents in Andrews. Two factions in the city have been fighting it out for years over legalizing alcohol in the city. Some locals think it's taking a step too far.
"It's offensive, I really think it's offensive," says one resident.
"I like it, it really doesn’t bother me," says another.
The sign with blood on a little girl's face is held high on West Broadway, it's in reference to the upcoming vote to allow the sale and purchase of alcohol in Andrews.
"It's supposed to open people's eyes," says Glenn Hammack, the spokesperson for the Vote No Campaign. He says the sign, was actually made by a 14 year-old girl. "We're willing to step out on a limb and do what needs to be done to make the community dry. Andrews is a great community."
Some locals say Andrews has always been a small, Christian place and alcohol would change that. Others in the community think advertisements could have been done in a better way.
"We shouldn't be treated like children, people should be telling us what we should do," says longtime resident, Hilda Lozano.
"We're not saying that everyone who drinks abuses," commented Hammack.
Some residents we spoke to say with the city being dry, more people drive to Odessa or Midland to find alcohol, which could lead to drunk driving. Andrews’ officials say they won't comment on the sign. Locals can weigh in when they hit the polls on November 5th. Early voting begins on Monday and continue until November 1st.