The Colorado Democratic Headquarters was vandalized amidst the increasing concern for violence in response to the unpopularity of pending health care legislation.
Predictably the Dems blamed the vandalism on folks on the “other side” stirring things up:
Eleven windows at the Colorado Democratic Party headquarters on Santa Fe Drive were shattered early this morning in a vandalism spree that party Chairwoman Pat Waak blamed on animosity surrounding the health care debate.
Sometime before 3 a.m. a vandal apparently used a hammer to smash the picture windows, which were emblazoned with posters touting President Barack Obama and the Democratic position on healthcare reform.
The other storefronts surrounding the building on 8th Avenue and Santa Fe Drive in downtown’s art district escaped unscathed. But the Democratic posters are scuffed from hammer blows, Waak said.
“We ought to be having a serious, conscientious debate about what’s best for the country,” Waak said. “Clearly there’s been an effort on the other side to stir up hate. I think this is the consequence of it.”
Perhaps she meant people like this gentleman who proudly identifies himself as a “rightwing terrorist”:
Fortunately the police have nabbed a suspect, and predictably its an angry bitter white man clinging to I’m not sure what exactly. According to the DenverPost:
Maurice Schwenkler wore a shirt over his face, a hooded sweat shirt and latex gloves before he and another man fled the scene on bicycles, police said. Schwenkler was apprehended after a short chase. The other suspect remains at large.
A 24-year-old arrested this morning on suspicion of smashing 11 windows at Colorado Democratic Party headquarters tried to conceal his identity while allegedly committing the crime, according to police descriptions.
Well that’s good news, but wait there’s more. Schwenkler is apparently a liberal party activist! From Fox News:
The Post reported that Schwenkler was paid $500 in November 2008 to walk door-to-door in support of Democrat Mollie Cullom, a candidate for the state House. Campaign records also show Schwenkler was among dozens of canvassers paid by a political committee called the Colorado Citizens’ Coalition.
Schwenkler was also reportedly arrested in St. Paul, Minn., on the last day of the 2008 Republican convention on charges of unlawful assembly.
This goes beyond astroturf, but it certainly fits the modus operandi of a revolutionary vanguard seeking by violent means to precipitate conflict.