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Vandals break window at Democratic Party offices
By LISA DEMER
Published: March 29th, 2010 02:34 PM
Someone vandalized the Alaska Democratic Party headquarters over the weekend, knocking a hole in the front center window of the Midtown office, according to Anchorage police.
A Democratic Party official, David Metheny, said he arrived at the office around 11:45 a.m. Sunday, and called police.
The window's metal frame was bent and it appeared to have been struck by a hard object, according to Anchorage police Lt. Dave Parker. The office is on Fairbanks Street between Fireweed Lane and Northern Lights Boulevard.
The damage spiderwebbed from the top of the big glass window to the bottom. The outer pane was broken but not the inner pane. No one got inside the building, according to police.
Metheny, a statewide party organizer, "had no leads on who may have broken the window but stated that since the health care vote in Congress, the office had been receiving threatening calls," Parker said, reading from the police report.
On Monday, Metheny said the office had gotten maybe 20 calls from people upset about health care reform, and that most of the people were reasonable and simply wanted to articulate their displeasure with how the vote occurred. But six or eight were more venomous.
"People sometimes express their political discontent inappropriately," Parker said.
"That could have been it. Or it could have just been somebody who decided they needed to break a window."
No other businesses were vandalized in the area.
Patti Higgins, state Democratic Party chairwoman, said officials don't know if the party was being targeted but she thought the recent wave of heated political rhetoric -- which ramped up after congressional reform of the country's health care system -- should be toned down.
Former Gov. Sarah Palin, who says the discontented should not retreat, but rather should "reload," and other Fox News commentators need to make public statements calling for the rhetoric to be tamped down, Higgins said.
"I think the call is out there to create violent acts," Higgins said. "I think they need to knock it off."
Palin has said she's not trying to incite anyone to violence.
Find Lisa Demer online at adn.com/contact/ldemer or call 257-4390.