By Howard Packowitz
BLOOMINGTON – The head of the McLean County Republican Party said Monday evening that security cameras are being installed at party headquarters on Bloomington’s east side to prevent future vandalism.
Republican Chair Connie Beard reported there have been four vandalism incidents over the last two months at GOP headquarters at 503 N. Prospect Rd, in which someone taped posters with vulgar messages and vague threats on the front door.
She filed a report with Bloomington Police late Monday afternoon. BPD said there have been no arrests.
The party’s Facebook page has two photographs showing posters with images of President Donald Trump and Frankenstein.
“It’s a shame to feel threatened in our own office. This is apparently the type of campaign we can expect in 2020,” said Beard.
McLean County Democrats put out a statement Monday night saying they do not condone or support any act of vandalism. No one deserves to have their space threatened or damaged, the Democrats said.
“We know how proud we are of our own headquarters and we expect that the McLean County Republicans feel the same.”
“We want both the McLean County Democrats and Republicans to honor and respect the diversity of political affiliations in our community,” the Democrats statement said.
The statement went on to say, “As we head into an intense election cycle, we hope that members of both parties can be civil and respectful in our disagreements and remember that we are all members of the McLean County community.”
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