Five others in the Minn. delegation have property vandalized
Photo of vandalism on Sen. Norm Coleman's property, courtesy of the Pioneer Press Link
We reported earlier today that Sen. Norm Coleman's garage was vandalized over night. Turns out the properties of Sen. Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Reps. Keith Ellison, John Kline, Michele Bachmann and Jim Ramstad also were hit, according to the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press. Klobuchar and Ellison are the only Democrat targeted.
According to the Star Tribune:
When Laurie Coleman, wife of U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, hauled her trash to the alley at 7:30 this morning, a chilling sight greeted her.
Spray-painted in black on the wooden siding of the garage in the couple's Summit Hill neighborhood was this angry graffiti, in letters nearly a foot high: "U R A CRIMINAL RESIGN OR ELSE! PSALM 2"
On the alley side, each double-bay stall door had the word "SCUM" spray painted in black ink, as a did a wooden partition in between.
Ellison's appears to be the only incident so far in which the home itself was vandalized. Campaign manager Larry Weiss said that Ellison's wife, Kim, went out this morning and found graffiti that said "Traitor. Resign now. Psalm 2" across the side of their corner home. The word "SCUM" was spraypainted above the garage door -- high enough, Weiss said, that the culprit probably would have needed a stepstool.
Weiss said the incident had been reported to Minneapolis police this morning.
Ramstad discovered the vandalism early this morning and notified Minnetonka police, said Ramstad spokesman Lance Olson.
Olson said the word "SCUM" was spray painted above Ramstad's garage door and "U R A sellout!!! Psalm 2" was painted across the door. Ramstad found the incident disturbing, he said.
A spokesman for Kline, Troy Young, said similar language was spray painted on the congressman's garage door, although he declined to say what the words were or when the incident occurred. He said that what was written wasn't phrased a threat. Young would not say whether Kline was home at the time.
The Star Tribune also has video of Laurie Coleman speaking about the incident. Watch it here.
Al Franken's campaign quickly came out with a statement condemning the vandalism:
"Al, Franni, and everyone here at the campaign strongly condemn this and all other such cowardly acts of vandalism," said Franken's spokesman Andy Barr. "There's no place for this unacceptable behavior in our political process, or in our communities."
This vandalism comes on the same day that several Senate offices in Washington, D.C. received bomb threats, according to Politico. Specific offices haven't been named, but the threats prompted police to send out alerts to all Senate offices.