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. Arjy, MN

    Hope he get caught and put into jail. I cann't belive this incident. This is insane. I live about 2 miles away from the office. God Blessed Obama.

    Obama '08, '12

    August 24, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. BK

    What did they expect to accomplish other than shooting themselves in the foot? Using fear to try to influence an election is one of the most unAmerican things a person can do, no matter which side they are on.

    August 24, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  3. Enlightened Voter

    Probably disgruntled hillary supporters. They have shown they are capable of great vindictiveness, just like her.

    August 24, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Democratic chair shot and killed. Obama campaign offices vandalized. It's getting nasty.

    This is not "politics as usual" and those whipping up hatred with false rumors and slimy e-mails, as well as the talking heads of the far, far right and their flying monkeys are going to find themselves responsible for some grim events as they fan the flames of hatred.

    This is why McCain's personal attacks are so reprehensible – especially after he promised to run a clean campaign. Playing on ignorant people's fears by hinting Obama is the "anti-Christ" makes McCain's campaign too low to step on and too slimy to kick.

    August 24, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. Andy in Charlotte, NC

    St. Paul is hosting the RNC? I thought it was Minneapolis!? Two different cities! Get your facts together CNN!

    August 24, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. Andy in Charlotte, NC

    Why wasn't Biden chosen over Obama? He certainly has more "credentials" and "experience" than Clinton or Obama combined! The Democrats messed up big time...the so-called lack-of-experience of Obama combined with his race and positive message will hurt. Americans seem to only like white man, with lots of experience who give negative attacks. Fortunately, McCain fits that mold...unfortunately, McCain is scary as hell!

    August 24, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. Dissed for the last time in MA

    You Obama supporters are sick....where was John McCain at 1 a.m.? You just don't know how to be civil. You are so insecure about your candidate that you must spread your message of hate toward anyone and anything non-Obama.

    Did you ever think it was just a couple of punk kids? Things like this happen you know. If parents had control over their families more, crime wouldn't be so rampant.

    August 24, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Laura

    CNN isn't reporting this because they are way to busy hailing every move Obama is making this weekend. So which would you rather have a report about a broken window or getting to see Biden become the VP nominee?

    The fact that it is on the ticker shows they have reported it doesn't it?

    August 24, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. obama/biden 2008/2012

    The petty, miserable thugs from the GOP (Grand OLD Party) are getting desperate, and are at it again. Anything goes in the McBush campaign – anything.

    The GOP makes me sick with its same OLD tactic of using divisive and untrue attacks ads. America is smarter this time and will vote for the best candidate – the man who talks about issues. Obama!!


    August 24, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. Dirty politics

    "Texas Witch Twister August 24th, 2008 1:05 pm ET

    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."

    "Dissed for the last time in MA August 24th, 2008 2:17 pm ET

    You Obama supporters are sick….where was John McCain at 1 a.m.? You just don't know how to be civil. You are so insecure about your candidate that you must spread your message of hate toward anyone and anything non-Obama.

    Did you ever think it was just a couple of punk kids? Things like this happen you know. If parents had control over their families more, crime wouldn't be so rampant."

    That's right, blame us. I guess it's fair game to say that it was hillary and her supporters who burned down her own headquarters, and McCain sent himself death threats and fake anthrax from a prison for attention? Pathetic.

    August 24, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. gpmi

    Hey you " aware" how on earth you are at least enough courageous to take responsibility for all hate, sexisam and race hatred together with CLINTON- Mc Same people. History will give you that do deal with ..It is just ugly what you are creating . World is laughing over American stupdity. Abd i know you do not minde for that but you can be sure that we cant be respected any soon..Hate will come back to you.

    August 24, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. Max

    Obama's office may happen to be the victim of reckless misconduct from the part of some individuals under the influence of alcohol, cocaine, or some mental disorder. It could as well be the act of desperated political fans already ired by an inevitable defeat. However, until the culprits are nabbed and the motive for their misconduct is unveiled, no particular person or group of persons needs to be fasely accused, for this can renew resentments undergoing healing. At this point of time we are working for unity rather than division. I therefore would urge both obama's and Mc Cain's supporters to be fair and wise and respectful in their comments and judgements, because your negative and outrageous comments may jeopardize your candidate chances and reveal what kind of people are behind a candidate and should that candidate be elected. For, there is this adage, " Tell me your friends, and Ill tell you who you are"

    August 24, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. Andrew

    These type of actions prove how some Americans lack any real respect. This election is turning tonight a pita full display of ignorance. From PUMA, misinformation about Obama , to McCain running ads that portray Obama as a possible anti-Christ is just so pathetic. All you sad foolish sheep, continue down this road and America will fall. Not because Obama might become the president. It's you, your friends , neighbors , media, Republicans, Angry-Dems , Religious nuts.. etc. Change doesn't come from the top down. You want change in your communities, the answers are on your shoulders not some guy in a suit giving speeches or from the god you pray to. Next time a major disaster occurs in America , why don't you lend some time helping those people involved instead of sitting home whining. I'm not talking about donating money.. get off your lazy butts and do something constructive. As an American I've lost my will to believe we are great.

    August 24, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. Nate Hussein

    Do you Clintonista's and Puma's really think she has a snowballs chance in 2012.....Really?

    Obama / Biden '08

    August 24, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. Republican on the fence

    The more I hear about the people who are still bitter about the Democratic primary. It makes me glad I am a Republican. But the underhand that John Mccain has pulled as of lately, when he put out the ad about Hillary getting snubbed has help me realize the kind of underhand antics he will pull while in office. That was low and it doesn't do anything good but add fuel to the fire. If someone gets hurt from this, may God have mercy his soul. I actually thought he was a descent guy ,but after this you have really fell low on my list of good people. Did he not think of the backlash this commercial would cause, look what happen to Obama office prime example,and at whose expense are you risking a life just to get an extra vote. John buddy you lost my vote I might seriously vote Dem this year. GOD BLESS

    August 24, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. Deborah

    What do you expect from republicans. What they can't defeat they try to destroy.

    Obama-Biden 09 (thank god our national bushian/mcsame nightmare is almost over)

    August 24, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. Hank

    After almost three months McCain have yet to find or name a
    running matewhy????????????

    August 24, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. Cathy

    Some of Obama and McCain's supporters are irrational and use the blogs to show their evil thoughts. Thank goodness I'm smart enough to only let the candidates influence my vote and not some of these irrational blogger.

    Democrats unit and get this country back on track!!!!

    August 24, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  19. ron democrat turned independent

    now who would benefit from someone sabotaging obama's office? not the republicans, all they'd get is bad press. very amateuristic, again insulting the intelligence of the voting public.

    August 24, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. Bulldog

    Where was Mitt Romney and Joe Lieberman at the time of this crime?

    August 24, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. judy

    Republicans love it when everyone hates everyone else! They are so green with envy the only thing they think of is to destroy the other guy! If they had any kind of great platform to run on, that would be their commercials, instead of trying to trash O.

    August 24, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. California Gold

    Sounds like a bunch of kids acting up. Be thankful no one was hurt. Be thankful it wasn't a school. Don't read anything more into it.

    August 24, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. BRAVO!

    Yes, we can! Just crush him down!

    August 24, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. Kwame

    It's sad to read something like this. What happened to our once beautiful democracy? If we keep doing stupid things like this, can we condemn other countries that don't embrace democracy? Do these uncivilise so called citizens realised that our taxes are going to be use to build what they are destroying? No individual or political party is bigger than America. It's time to let civilisation wake us up from our sleep, this is not the 1800s but the modern day of bits and bytes!

    August 24, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. Jamie

    How low can the Mccain campaign and the Republicans get? So what is next for Mccain to do to bully his way to the white house with that rich short temper of his? Hire a hit man to kill Barack just because Mccain is so rich that he thinks he can buy his way to the top to cover all his tracks?
    No more old politics! Mccain you are going down!

    August 24, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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