Skip to comments.Campaign office burgled Sunday
Posted on 10/12/2004 7:28:34 AM PDT by ResistorSister
CANTON Someone smashed a window Sunday night at the Victory Center for Bush-Cheney offices, then ran after grabbing a purse, a laptop computer carrying case and a portable radio.
Bush-Cheney campaign officials have added the local break-in to a laundry list of criminal activities outside Republican Party offices around the country.
Former Montana Gov. Marc Racicot, Bush-Cheney 04 campaign chairman, mentions the Sunday night break-in at 115 Dewalt Ave. NW in a letter to AFL-CIO President John Sweeney. Racicot complains about a series of incidents in recent weeks and asks Sweeney to put an end to protest activities that have led to injuries, property damage, vandalism and voter intimidation.
Police were called just after 11 p.m. to the offices, which are part of the Stark County Republican Party headquarters.
Christina Wagner, Northeast Ohio field director for the Bush-Cheney campaign, told police that someone smashed a window. A purse, portable radio and compact disc player, and a bag for a laptop computer were taken. The purse contained credit cards and some personal items, and there was a CD in the boombox. The laptop bag was empty.
Wagner was working when the break-in took place. Office lights were on, and she figured that would discourage any possible crime.
I heard the glass break, Wagner said. I shut the door to the office I was in, and I called 911. Police arrived quickly, she said, but didnt find the culprit.
The culprit was in the building for a few minutes, Wagner said. Her purse actually was taken from inside a different bag in the office.
No other break-ins were reported in the downtown area Sunday.
Wagner said that after police gave an all-clear, she reported the break-in to Bush-Cheney national headquarters.
The national campaign is upset by a rash of incidents outside Bush-Cheney offices and local Republican Party headquarters around the country. The local incident actually was mentioned in a story on the Web site for The Seattle Times. It published a story about a break-in at Bush-Cheney offices in Spokane, Wash., discovered Monday morning. Last week, computers were taken from Bush-Cheney offices in Bellevue, Wash.
In his letter to Sweeney, Racicot complained of those incidents, as well as shots fired at Bush-Cheney offices in West Virginia, Florida and Tennessee, windows broken in West Virginia and vandalism at a residence in Wisconsin.
Racicot also complained about union protesters storming offices in Florida and Minnesota during organized protests last Tuesday. Locally, union members protested outside the offices on Dewalt Avenue, but no problems were reported.
Wagner said she doesnt know if the break-in was politically motivated, or an act committed by a criminal who just happened to select the office. She noted that the window glass is pretty thick. Its not like there was an open door.
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I ask AGAIN..when is John Kerry going to have a speech denouncing violence against Republicans?
Forget the letter - make a national TV commercial detailing the pattern of vandalism, with Sweeney's ugly mug prominently displayed.
Wow. A sitting U.S. president once had to resign his office over ONE break-in which he had no part in. The democrats are in double-digits now. I guess Woodward and Bernstein are in the early stages of Alzheimer's...
We need a Mikey Moore style documentry movie made about these break ins. Images of Kristalnact interspliced with shots of Dean and Gore screaming. Bush-Cheney campagin workers talking about the union thugs, picktures of the broken arm from last week, and images of the litte girl who had her sign torn up THEN cut to John Kerry talking about his consitency. The we get Ann Coulter (sorry no picture despite therules, forgive me) to ambush Terry McAuffule about the union thugs. Anyone got money and a good camera out there?
Don't hold your breath!
More info here:
There's more going on than one might think...
Let's all remember that Mr. Sweeny was convicted in New York of breaking a man's arms and legs because he'd filed the forms to get a refund for that portion of his union dues that were used for political contributions.
Sounds like a winning idea; sadly, we will never see it.
Is Sweeney going to jail for this action?
What a shame that these thugs are not going to be prosecuted.
I was thinking the same thing!
This was a long time ago. There was no jail time as far as I know.
Is my tin-foil hat on too tight???
Sign thefts, cars vandalized, offices burglarized, shots fired...
I don't know... It's starting to smell like someone has an OP-PLAN and is following it.
The illegal and intimidating tactics being utilized are just a bit too comprehensive, a tad to widespread and a tad to carefully escalated to be the ramdom acts of disgruntled leftists expressing their frustrations because they are losing the election.
I think we have underestimated the depth of determination they have to take this election -- by hook or crook.
If I am right, what we have seen to date is just the beginning. In the last weeks, they are going to go all out.
I expect the next step up to be random acts of actual physical violence against campaign volunteers and paid staff. Muggings. Purse-snatchings, maybe a pepper-spray in the face...
They might even take a leaf out of the Islamist terrorist handbook and send anonymous notes or emails saying "quit your job, or else".
One thing is for sure -- if the AFL-CIO gets away with sending "observers" (read DNC goons) to polling stations across the country, they have a genuine chance of scaring a lot of pro-Bush voters away.
Short of calling out the National Guard to patrol and police the voting booths (a political impossibility if there ever was one) I am not sure what, if anything, can be done at this stage of the election cycle -- but we better start thinking about countermeasures soon, or we are toast.
So, where is Jimmy Carter and his squad of international election observers? These acts should not be tolerated in the least banana republic.
Would the Rats take somebody's purse (or, have they taken personal stuff in the past)? To make it look like a regular ole break-in, sure they would.
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