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October 22, 2008

Vandalism at McCain supporter home

It's tough being a John McCain supporter in heavily Democratic Prince George's County.

A hotel in Clinton that dared erect a McCain sign on its property received boycott threats and touched off a firestorm of outrage, The Washington Post recently chronicled. And now, the home and property of a McCain supporter in Cheltenham has been vandalized.

The Prince George's County Republican Party has distributed photographs of the damage done to the home of Kenneth Rose, with white spray paint on brick siding and windows of a recreational vehicle, and profanity added to a sign.

Rose, the homeowner, told us that he lives on a major coummuter route in a rural area of the county, and there are not a lot of McCain signs around. He said there is a history of vandalism of political signs in the county, but the damage he discovered Monday morning "has gone way past that." A registered Democrat and retiree, Rose told us he's thinking about contacting Fox New's Sean Hannity to draw attention to the episode. He's filed a police report, and was installing a new sign to replace one torn down when we contacted him on Tuesday. Mykel Harris, chair of the county Republican central committee, said he was "shocked" when he heard of the damage, and decided to distribute the photos below.

Tension over the election "does seem to be escalating a bit," Harris said in an interview.

Harris called for calm in an e-mail he sent out with the pictures attached. "Fortunately we have the means to restore peace and good order to our community," he wrote. "We must stand up for our rights and the rights of others to advocate on behalf of their party, candidate or issue."



Posted by David Nitkin at 7:30 AM | | Comments (4)


You know what...How do we know that the Palin/McCain supporters didn't do this themselves, to get some free publicity and draw some sympathy? I mean, Rove works for them, and this is classic Republican "fear and outrage" mongoring...I am suspicious of this. After all, when you are being outspent 4 to 1, you have to find creative ways to get publicity and advertise. What is the old adage, "Free publicity is the best kind...good or bad!"

Imagine if this happened to Obama signs and supporters? We'd have the FBI, NAACP and the throngs of media types looking into a potential hate crime situation. Let's face it if Hannity gets a hold of this all of the other media types will discount this act.

Wallace - I was equally suspicious of racist signs that were planted alongside McCain signs that were the subject of a blog on this site, I was wrong. I am sure that there was no inside job done in order to garner sympathy. There are people on both sides who are willing to do say nasty things to people who disagree with them and support another candidate. Did you think the equating McCain supporters with Nazis on Family Guy was a Republican plant too?

You should see the opposite someone Vandalised a Barack Obama sign and wrote down in white that said this "Barack Obama is not a US Citizen, Barack Obama is a Muslim, and Barack Obama is a terrorist" what a shame and it occured in Frostburg Maryland. Too bad the Baltimore Sun didn't cover that one. Also too bad the Sun didn't cover the theft of Obama and McCain signs in Cumberland a few weeks ago.

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