Columbus Police are looking into an alleged neo-nazi hate group’s sticker placed on the campaign sign of an openly gay Columbus man running for Congress. And it wasn’t just left on any sign, in any yard.

Among the well-manicured lawns and well-kept homes in German Village is the home of congressional candidate Rick Neal.

He lives with his husband and their 2 daughters who are both African American. He said he expected opponents to take shots at his personal life.

“I’m the first openly gay nominee running for federal office in Ohio’s history. I mean it was bound to get some attention, right,” asked Neal.

But he never expected to see what he found Monday night. A sticker placed on his campaign sign in his front yard promoting the group “Patriot Front”.

“I guess it’s some white supremacist hate group going around trying to intimidate people,” he said.

The southern poverty law center refers to patriot front as a neo-nazi hate group.

NBC 4 reached out to Patriot Front to ask about the group, their purpose and the sticker left on Neal’s campaign sign but haven’t heard back. The group’s website includes a manifesto promoting white supremacist ideology

Neal said he would have preferred it if the person who left the sticker would have simply had a conversation with him.

“Neo-nazis. Or just the Nazis. Do you know what that’s all about? Do you know what they did? Do you know your history?” he said.

And though he filed a police report, he said he’s not overly worried and that if anything the incident reinforces his decision to run for office in the first place.

“There’s too much at stake in this election to be intimidated,” he said.

Neal said police told him they were investigating the incident as vandalism and not a hate crime.