Jun 3, 2008
GOP chair makes disgusting and baseless claim
Dave Dishaw, chair of the Kent County Republican Party, is claiming a weekend break in at their headquarters is the work of Democrats without an ounce of proof. What is even more predictable than a baseless allegation without proof, is he is using the incident as a fundraiser.
According to the Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids Police said the break in occurred on Thursday, and “thieves entered a side door and took about $200 from a cash box, a laptop computer and a large box of stamps. They also smashed computers, crumpled banners and took miscellaneous items.” Police also call the GOP claim it was the work of Democrats stretching the truth; something very common to Republicans.
“I don't know what they're basing that on. ... That may be a stretch," Lt. Ralph Mason was quoted in the GR Press saying. "It was a burglary. They got a laptop, they got cash money. ... They obviously concentrated on things they can pawn or sell."
Dishaw posted a letter on the web site saying, “We knew the Democrats would do anything to win, but we didn't expect this! For the first time in history, the Kent County Republican Headquarters was broken into, vandalized and burglarized.”
And what will make it all better for Dishaw, “Your contribution of $100, $50 or just $25 will help support our candidates and spread our conservative values across Kent County! “
That about says it all.
This reminds me of the alleged anti-war vandalism at U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers office in Lansing. Back in March of 2007 the door locks glued shut, the building was spray-painted, a "Support Our Troops" sign attached to the front of the building was splattered with blood-red paint and a hand-painted sign was also plastered to an entryway window that said “Rogers There is Blood on Your Hands.” Rogers’ people made a lot of political hay with it, like in this case, but it took a long time for a picture of the alleged vandal to be published, in stark contrast to the amount of publicity and the noise Republicans made. There are still no arrests in that case, as far as I know.
If I was cynical, it wouldn’t be much of a stretch to believe the Republicans staged this. When was the last time political operatives broke into a party’s headquarters? That would be Watergate, and the GOP made a hero out of the leader of the plumbers, actually burglar. That says a lot.