BCSO Sheriff’s campaign blimp causes distraction for drivers

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It’s hard to miss the giant blimp-like balloon flying over a Westside neighborhood. It’s right along busy Paseo Del Norte and some are asking if it’s safe or even allowed.

“I did take my eyes off the road to see what the heck it was,” says Sandra Kennedy.

Drivers have definitely noticed the blimp flying high above a Westside home that runs along Paseo Del Norte and Coors.

“I don’t think it was safe because Paseo is a pretty busy place,” says Kennedy. “There’s accidents on there daily, and I don’t think we need to add to it,” she continues.

Gonzales’ campaign consultant says it was an attempt at being creative.

“About the same time as the Balloon Fiesta, in the theme of what was going on, they decided to put a balloon up in the air,” says Brian Morris.

Drivers agree and say it is creative.

“It definitely caught our eye, so it’s definitely a way to get things out there because it’s something different,” says Heather Montoya.

According to county records, the home it’s flying above belongs to Undersheriff Rudy Mora.

“It’s irresponsible,” says Lou Golson.

The man trying to unseat Gonzales, Lou Golson, says as law enforcement officials, Mora and Gonzales should know better than to put up something that distracting.

“People are going to look at it and they don’t see the car stop in front of them, or the traffic slow down in front of them. They’re going to crash,” says Golson.

But Gonzales’ campaign team says causing a crash is the last thing they want to do.

“What you want to do is you want to draw attention. Obviously, we don’t want to do anything that causes harm,” says Morris.

KRQE News 13 tried to knock on Undersheriff Rudy Mora’s door to ask him about the blimp, but he did not open the door to answer. We do know he was aware we stopped by.

A spokesperson with the county says that blimp is not illegal. The only requirements the county has about campaign signs is that they cannot obstruct the right of way.

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