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Sign company to sue Joe Grubbs campaign

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GLEN JACKSON
The Ellis County Press
DALLAS - The company printing Joe Grubbs' yard signs plans to sue the incumbent county attorney because the campaign refuses to pay for an entire 1,000-sign print order.

Claire Woertendyke, the Edwards & Patterson Signs owner, invoiced Grubbs for 1,000 Coroplast yard signs and 1,000 metal stakes for a total amount of $2,530.

Ed Valentine, who runs one of the largest campaign direct-mail operations in the area, stated in an e-mail that payment would not be given for the signs after a $1,000 deposit was already made.

'Joe Grubbs asked that you stop calling his office,' Valentine stated in his e-mail to Woertendyke.

'All of his work is running through me and he is not going to pay for signs twice. It is not my fault that you don't pay your bills and are a week late on printing signs.

'I could get my bank to run off a copy of where the check [cleared],' said Valentine, who noted that check was later canceled.

Signs were already being distributed and erected countywide before the canceled order, Woertendyke said.

Valentine said his company had to deliver the signs after Woertendyke didn't have the signs on time.

'He has the 1,000 wire stakes and 500 partial shipment of signs as he asked for,' Woertendyke said.

'He came by to pick [up] the balance of the signs without a check and was refused. He canceled the next day. Never called or indicating he was canceling prior to picking up the already-completed signs.'

A stack of Grubbs' 500 signs are now left in Woertendyke's warehouse. He said a lawsuit would be filed in Dallas County, not Ellis County.

Grubbs, a 20-year-incumbent who has never faced an opponent, squares off against defense attorney Rodney Pat Ramsey in the March 4 Republican primary election.

No Democrat or independent filed for the race, assuring the winner of the GOP primary as the next county/district attorney.

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