North Carolina GOP office attacked – Politico

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The damage done by a firebomb at a North Carolina Republican Party office. | North Carolina Republican Party

A North Carolina Republican Party office was firebombed overnight and threatening words painted nearby, party officials and local news organizations reported Sunday.

According to the Charlotte Observer, the attack occurred in the party’s Orange County office in Hillsborough. An explosive device was thrown through a window of the office, causing some damage. The words “Nazi Republicans, leave town or else” were also painted on a nearby building.

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No injuries were reported and no arrests have been made. The HQ is located in the Shops at Daniel Boone shopping center.

“Whether you are Republican, Democrat, or Independent, all Americans should be outraged by this hate-filled and violent attack against our democracy,” Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party, said in a statement.

“Whether the bomb was meant to kill, destroy property, or intimidate voters, everyone in this country should be free to express their political viewpoints without fear for their own safety. We will be requesting additional security at all Republican Party offices and events between now and Election Day to ensure the safety of our activists, volunteers, and supporters,” he continued.

North Carolina remains one of the most fiercely contested states in the 2016 election season; the presidential race is close, as are statewide races for governor and senator. Orange County is home to parts of the cities of Durham and Chapel Hill (including the University of North Carolina) and has a reputation as one of the more liberal counties in the state.

Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens said in a statement to the Charlotte Observer that the “highly disturbing act goes far beyond vandalizing property.”

“It willfully threatens our community’s safety via fire, and its hateful message undermines decency, respect and integrity in civic participation,” Stevens said in the statement.

The North Carolina Republican Party vowed to improve security and press on with its efforts. Woodhouse said: “We will not be deterred by this hate crime.”

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