Another Hate Hoax? Democrat Worker Attacked Denver Campaign Office UPDATED With Important Correction
Posted on | October 13, 2012 | 10 Comments
Sometimes, when news breaks, you just wait for the expected sequel, so I didn’t jump when I saw this yesterday via Memeorandum:
Oh, really? 3, 2, 1 . . . FAKE!
One of two people suspected of shattering 11 windows Tuesday morning at the state Democratic Party headquarters has an arrest record and a history of helping a Democratic political candidate, public records show.
Police said that about 2:20 a.m., 24-year-old Maurice Schwenkler, now in custody, and an at-large accomplice took a hammer to the picture windows displaying posters touting President Barack Obama and his health care reform efforts . . .
Schwenkler is charged with criminal mischief and is to make his first appearance in Denver County Court today.
He is accused of doing an estimated $11,000 in damage and could face a felony conviction.
On the last day of the 2008 Republican National Convention, he was charged with misdemeanor unlawful assembly in St. Paul, Minn.
Court records provided through the St. Paul Pioneer Press show he was jailed about 2 a.m.
Schwenkler received $500 in November 2008 to walk door-to-door in support of Democrat Mollie Cullom, who lost her race to Republican state Rep. David Balmer of Centennial. . . .
Schwenkler was one of dozens of paid canvassers bankrolled by the Colorado Citizens’ Coalition, a political 527 committee funded by labor groups and well-known, wealthy liberal donors.
In those disclosures, Schwenkler’s address is listed as Derailer Bicycle Cooperative, a free community bicycle collective that operates just around the corner from the Democratic headquarters. . . .
Balmer said he suspects the vandalism might have been aimed at making the GOP look bad.
“This sounds like the type of Democratic tactic from the left fringe trying to make Republicans look mean-spirited,” Balmer said. “In this case, it blew up in their face. He was caught red-handed.”
UPDATE: Oops. Didn’t check the date. The Democrat worker attacking the Democrat HQ story is from 2009. In the current investigation, silence prevails:
Neither Democrats, Republicans nor police wanted to speculate whether the assault was random vandalism, or an attack related somehow to the heated presidential campaign. Multiple national media outlets picked up on the story.
Sorry about the false alarm.