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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soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. Will my comment ever be posted?!?!?!!!

    aware – LOSER

    August 24, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. Waaaaahhhhhhhh

    Angry Hillary Supporters. Matlock had ended, so they could go out and vandalize.

    August 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. DT

    I wonder what Osoma Obama had to pay someone to do that,he'll do anything to keep the media talking so maybe it'll help him. This man is scary.

    I'm voting for hillary in Nov, because if votes are reinstated in Fla. and michigan she'll have more votes than him, and will have to be on the ballat

    August 24, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. obama/not biden '08

    guess they dont like the biden pick,either.

    August 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. Valerie - Raleigh

    The vandalized Obama office - does not sound like the good and decent, John McCain, but it sure sounds like the Carl Rove underlings that are running his campaign. McCain has no problems taking a swipe at Obama but this is not his style. He probably can not control the Rovites -- this may just be the beginning. Even the incompetent George Bush had enough of Rove and "showed him the door" and, where die he go, you guessed it -– Fox News. WOW!!!!

    August 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. Mad

    Do you the people making posts even realize what you are saying?

    Ill sum it up: "The Republicans did it"


    I still can't believe Obama is the nominee- most of the older generation have seen these types of politicans come and go and now we have this idiot representing us

    Shame we could have turned the US from Bush now we just have to make it worse....

    August 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. Jean

    Aware, you are bad! Can't handle frustations.

    August 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Hillary Clinton

    Is Obama eligible to run for president based on citizenship laws?

    August 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. Tim, mississippi

    pigs are everywhere, in all colors and shapes.

    they will be caught, and

    they will never succeed in their thuggish plot!

    August 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. Helen

    Republican on the Fence!
    YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT A REPUBLICAN – only Obamites like you would do something like smashing an Office and blaming others for attention. ! I hope McCain Wins!

    Hillary I Love you

    August 24, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. keith Franklin, Tn

    Karl Rove and the Swift Boat vets were seen in town earlier in the evening. Karl will go on Fox News and tell everyone that Hilary broke in. Then Sean Insanity and Rush Slimeball will rant and rave about that non-stop.

    August 24, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. Soldier for OBAMA

    As a Republican Active Officer, I can attest to the fact that the majority of the military will VOTE for OBAMA. We know his records on taking care of veterans and women issues, sadly we all too much know McCain level of saying he support us to our face and not voting for us in the CONGRESS. The GOP for too long has speak with a "golden hoof" in their mouth and do nothing for the common folks. OBAMA-BIDEN is the ticket of the commoner's. McCAIN-BUS-ROMNEY is the ticket of those who say anything to get elected. POW, POW, POW is correct, McCain might be a P.O.W but he has disrespect the silent worrior mantra of "see much evil, talk to evil and tell not tail of been a P.O.W. for personal interest". John McBush POW, POW, POW is a disrespect to all other Prisoners Of War, especially the fact that 500+ of the P.O.W he meet there isn't out there supporting him, this tell you what they think of him.! God to and type in McCain and you will see his negatives from those who serve with him.

    August 24, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. bob

    There is 2 good reasons why I'm voting Obama.... Mc Cain supporters and the fact that I drive a gas driven car.

    August 24, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. James Carville

    Insiders from Obama camp tell that this was sponsored by tony rezko on behalf of Obama himself!!! talk about diabolique tactics.. this guy is 10000000000000000000 times more evil than Osama

    August 24, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. Chuck for Obama

    Sad that Hillary and her PUMA sneakers would resort to this type of behavior. Shame on you Hillary... SHAME ON YOU!!!

    I'm Chuck in Pennsylvania and I approve this message!

    August 24, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. Independent Voter

    Oh, poor baby. Certainly a racist plot, but isn't everything?

    August 24, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. Josh

    I just want everyone on this comment post to know that most of America simply is not as mean and foolish as you are. I support Barak Obama but I also know that only crazy people say things about McCain having something to do with it. I also know that people who believe that this is "typical dems" are so far out of touch. You guys who comment on here believe so strongly that the hatred you spew from your keyboards, saying things that you would never voice aloud, actually has meaning to people. Grow up, get a life, and begin to have actual discourse before the rest of us make you move. Geeeeeeeeez.

    August 24, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. Republican Now For Obama

    Well this is pretty low and it shows that my political team is failing and going in a poor direction. I will now cast my vote for Obama because these stupid campaign ads/vandals that the GOP is doing is rediculous. McCain instead of bashing Obama why dont you tell us what your going to do for america. Which is bring this country down

    August 24, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. therealslimshady

    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!

    So what are you saying that Obama's to blame for you being an angry divisive racist and that vandalizism is OK ?

    August 24, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  20. Raymond Duke

    Probably a couple of punks looking for some cocaine that might have been left there

    August 24, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. Natasha in tally

    When the McCain office received the letter I prayed for thier safety not the death of thier candidate what is wrong with your people.

    August 24, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. William, from Cali!

    Bad things happen to good people!.............I guess, that's why CNN "moderates most of my comments".................and don't post them......RIGHT!

    August 24, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. Please, No Obama

    Great job of uniting the country, Obama. He is widely hated and things could get much worse. Wake up, Dems, and nominate Hillary in Denver.

    August 24, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  24. Pat

    Distraught Hillary Supporters Maybe?

    August 24, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  25. Angry American

    Bob; They stopped making Yugos about 30 yeras ago.

    August 24, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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