Poor, poor Kevin Diaz and his state House campaign yard signs

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After a first glance at Kevin Diaz’s Instagram account, it’s hard to not immediately like the Democratic candidate for House District 120.

“I can’t put into words (how) much I love my grandpa and my dad,” Diaz captions a photo of a brand-spanking-new, 4-foot-by-8-foot sign emblazoned with the family name.

Diaz is one of two Democrats challenging Republican incumbent Holly Raschein.

It’s “(a)ll hands on deck,” says Diaz, a 2015 graduate of  St. Thomas Aquinas University.

It probably will be all hands on deck soon enough at Diaz Campaign HQ, because if you take a close look at the picture of his bold, blue sign you’ll notice two glaring sins of omission.

The first is doozie. Going by Diaz’ picture, there does not appear to be a disclaimer anywhere on his signs.

Being a Democrat, of course there is a union bug on the sign, but none of the language outlined in Section 106.143(1), F.S.

One would think one of the good union members who printed the signs for Diaz would have pointed out he did not have a disclaimer, but maybe the workers familiar with Florida election law were busy taking a union-mandated break.

In addition to not having a disclaimer, Diaz’s sign does not have the mandated word “for” next to the office for which he is running. Because he is not the incumbent, Diaz’ sign needs to say “Elect Kevin Diaz for State Representative,” otherwise it might imply that Diaz is already in office.

No disclaimer. No “for.” No bueno.

Perhaps the worst part of this signage tragedy is that Diaz spent $2,830 on his signs. He purchased them from, ironically enough, Good Guys Signs, Inc.

Maybe the good guys at Good Guys can drive down to Key West and join Diaz, Grandpa and Dad and slap on some snipes real quick before someone files a complaint with the Florida Division of Elections.

P.S. This is just me talking from experience, but if the Diaz family thinks 4-by-8 signs built on A-frames, as opposed to being dug in the ground, are going to last through the fall in the Keys, there might not be many of these signs left for anyone to worry about.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.