August 24th, 2008
12:58 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama offices in St. Paul vandalized

(CNN) - Police in the city that will host the Republican National Convention next week are looking for suspects in the vandalism of Barack Obama’s St. Paul campaign offices.

Police spokesman Peter Panos said the incident occurred just after 1 a.m. CT Sunday. Arriving officers found two large plate glass windows shattered, a glass door “smashed out,” and paint splattered inside and outside the building.

The storefront offices on Raymond Avenue had several Obama campaign signs hanging on it. The signs remained on some of the broken windows while large shards of glass covered the sidewalk in front of the building and the floor inside.

One campaign worker was in a lower level of the building when the vandalism occurred. Panos said they do not believe the suspects were aware anyone was inside, and “their intent was not to hurt anyone.” He said no threats were received, and the incident is being investigating as a local property crime case. Federal authorities were not alerted.

Police are reviewing security videotapes from nearby businesses to see if any suspects could be identified. They have issued an appeal for anyone with information to contact officers or a Crimestoppers tip line.

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  1. Barbara

    Hmmmmmm !!!!

    August 24, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. Texas Witch Twister

    Boy! Obama does very underhanded thing he can do to keep his name in the limelight. Eat it up all you can Obama because soon you will be a fading nightmare.

    August 24, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. lu/nyc



    August 24, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. aware

    Expect to see more of this and big time demonstrations!

    Obama will lose not only because he has no experience but because he has inspired a movement of sexism and racism that has spawned an immense and extremely angry divisiveness! 🙁

    Obama has been very bad for America, and the sooner he fades from the scene the better!

    The arrogant, babbling Biden adds nothing helpful!

    Don't waste your vote! Vote for John McCain 08 and Hillary Clinton 2012! 🙂

    August 24, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    If this is how Senator McCain's supporters express their political views, I believe I will vote for the other guy.

    OBAMA 08

    August 24, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. aware

    Biden demeans himself by joining the Obama ticket! 🙁

    August 24, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. Sour Grapes

    PUMA's ... be careful in Denver, this hate group is violent and will do anything to stop Barack Obama ...

    August 24, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Tony

    Sounds like a false flag operation to me. The dems want moral relativity after the Islamic extremist mailed death threats to McCain, so they stage this "attack" on his office nearest the GOP. It's too convenient a story to be true. Typical dems.

    Too bad it will never be linked back to BHO.

    August 24, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. Joe Kiloz

    P.U.M.A.--O P E R A T I O N

    August 24, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. Peachy Keen

    Ok, where was John McCain at 1AM Sunday morning?

    August 24, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. Troubadour

    Panos said they do not believe the suspects were aware anyone was inside, and “their intent was not to hurt anyone.”
    What I am wondering is how does Police spokesman Peter Panos know that their intent was not to hurt anyone? Maybe it is just because they didn't know a campaign worker was in the building that he was not hurt.

    August 24, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. Kevin from Florida

    Sad. Very sad.

    August 24, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. Obama/Biden

    What Morons! They obviously lack Knowledge. I wonder how much they paid for gas to drive over there! The only candidate who can bring this country around and this is what they do some people are just plain ole Dumb! Put em in Jail n throw away the keys!

    August 24, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. Brenda of Saginaw ,Michigan

    This is the second office of Mr. Obama to be damaged. Everyone knows who is doing this. There are a lot of tic off people out there because of Mrs. Clinton. There are crazy people in this world but God is watching them and they will be punished.

    August 24, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Tubby The Tuba

    Republicans at it again! Debug your offices.

    August 24, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. Katrina

    A local property crime it may be, but more importantly, it is a political crime, bespeaking the degradation of the country's political culture.

    August 24, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. CM


    Now wait for the anti-Obama crowd to legitimize this act.

    August 24, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. Republican for Obama

    What a shame. Incidents like this just deepens my support for Obama and an Obama Presidency.

    August 24, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. Advise...

    There will always be opposition in the face of greatness... This election bigger than the biggots and racist that plague of democracy... There is only one America...

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08.....

    August 24, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. Sean from Cleveland

    not surprising. why isn't cnn reporting that on tv?

    August 24, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. paulie_nj

    Ok all of you brainwashed Obama supporters, waiting for you to say McCain had something to do with it because I know you will.

    August 24, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. Arjy, MN

    I live two miles away from the Obama St. Paul office. I

    August 24, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  23. pakuna

    obama could not handle the giving McCain press about having being sent threatening letters so he had his kool aid kids do the damage.
    Also is it not strange when ever obama falls in the polls some kind of theatrics happens to his campaign.

    August 24, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. Gary Chandler in Canada

    I have a question; who would be the candidate if Obama could suddenly not run?
    There was Clinton's comment about R Kennedy, Jackson's 'cut his you know what' off, (with no police arrest), the guy in Florida who was arrested for similar comments (why?), and the mysterious and almost deadly incident on his jet when a escape ramp opened during flight. Now this vandalism.
    Makes me wonder what the rules are for succession. 2nd place finisher? VP choice? or new primary?

    August 24, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. dialuz

    Obama is the hands down choice for president if we were a country of critical-minded thinkers who truly cared about doing the best in short-term to achieve better outcomes for all in the long-run. Unfortunately, it is incidents like these that remind me of the hostility that drives people away from reason. Wake Up America – We Are One!!!

    August 24, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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