Historic town’s clash leaves ‘Tread’ marks

Officials in Culpeper, Va., decided to create a new public relations branding campaign, and tourism officials suggested they go with a new, less "political" emblem. The problem: The town's existing logo — the famous Revolutionary War-era rattlesnake and "Don't Tread On Me" combination — had been "hijacked" by the conservative tea party movement, staffers said.

** File ** A Don't Tread On Me flag flies over protesters during a rally at Leo O'Laughlin Inc. on the eve of President Obama's visit to Macon, Mo., on Tuesday, April 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

** File ** A Don't Tread On Me flag flies over protesters during a rally at Leo O'Laughlin Inc. on the eve of President Obama's visit to Macon, Mo., on Tuesday, April 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)

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