Republican Headquarters Vandalized Over Kavanaugh Investigation, Arrest Made

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An Illinois man has been arrested for vandalizing the Winnebago County Republican Headquarters over the weekend by spray painting the words “rape” and “shame” and the date Christine Blasey Ford testified before U.S. senators concerning an alleged sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

NBC affiliate WREX reported on Tuesday that Timothy Damm, 42, of Rockford, Illinois, was charged with criminal defacement of property. According to WQAD, he was also charged with resisting a peace officer and if convicted, he could face up to four years in prison.

“Rape” was spray painted all over the GOP headquarters in Rockford, along with the word “shame” and “9/27/18,” the date Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the alleged sexual assault she said took place in the summer of 1982, when she and Kavanaugh were in high school.

“It is never, never, an excuse to use senseless commission of crimes to advance a message or a cause,” Winnebago County States Attorney Joe Bruscato stated at a press conference on Tuesday.

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The vandalism was discovered on Sunday morning.

WTVO reported that the owners of the building — which also houses several law offices — said they have never experienced a similar instance of vandalism since acquiring the property in 2006.

GOP state Sen. Dave Syverson told WREX he sees the attack on the headquarters as a result of Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s behavior during the Kavanaugh hearings.

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“These are the unintended consequences when you take politics to a level that she did,” he said.

Feinstein, the ranking member on the Judiciary Committee, reportedly first received a letter detailing Ford’s allegation in late July, but held onto it, not asking Kavanaugh about the matter during a private meeting with him, nor during his primary confirmation hearing.

Winnebago County Board Chairman Frank Haney released a statement, which read in part: “This is not who we are. I am extremely disappointed in the individual responsible for the ugliness at our local Republican HQ. Clearly, this person needs help.

“As a Republican, I am saddened and angry. I am also sad to see other folks in my party unfairly labeled and mischaracterized. Negative generalizations about a group of people has (sic) never served us well as a country. This situation is no different. Attacks of this nature aim to silence and destroy, neither of which will occur,” Haney said.

Rockford Democratic Mayor Tom McNamara also posted a statement on Facebook: “This type of behavior is unacceptable and certainly does not live up to our community’s values. We all have differences, but we must learn to disagree on policy without attacking people.

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“I’ve also directed our Public Works staff to have this graffiti removed immediately,” McNamara added.

Damm has posted bond and is slated to appear in court on Oct. 11.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Graduated dean's list from West Point
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United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
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We Hold These Truths
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Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
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