WeHo Homeowners Pull Down Sarah Palin EffigyWEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (CBS) ―
An effigy of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has been taken down from a West Hollywood home, after the homeowner discussed the situation with the city's mayor.The mannequin hanging by a noose was part of a larger Halloween display that included an effigy of John McCain coming out of the chimney surrounded by fake flames. The display has drawn national attention and a visit from the Secret Service, which decided there was no threat.Earlier in the afternoon, neighbors covered up the Palin mannequin with sheets, in what was described as a friendly protest.Later a handful of protesters were joined by an SUV with an effigy labeled "Chad," after the display's creator, Chad Morrisette.Local politicians and city officials, including Supervisor Mike Antonovich, called the images offensive and urged their removal.Creator Chad Morrissette decided to remove the figures after discussing the situation with West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang, Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said.
"My understanding is that the mayor had a long talk with the man and convinced him to bring it down. The homeowner began to realize what they had done caused a little more of a reaction than they had hoped for," Whitmore said. Just earlier Wednesday, the homeowners still maintained it was a harmless Halloween work of art and vowed the effigy would stay up "until Saturday."Whitmore says the rest of the scene -- with John McCain popping out of the chimney surrounded by fake flames -- is still on display.