McCrory calls firebombing of GOP site 'anarchy,' GOP head's email compromised

McCrory calls firebombing of GOP site 'anarchy,' GOP head's email compromised
Screenshot of email sent from Dallas Woodhouse's account Monday morning)
Screenshot of email sent from Dallas Woodhouse's account Monday morning)

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is calling an attack on a Republican Party headquarters in North Carolina "anarchy" and called the incident an attack on democracy.

According to police, someone threw a bottle of flammable liquid through the window of Orange County's GOP headquarters.

The "firebombing" happened Sunday and caused campaign signs, supplies and furniture to catch fire before burning itself out. A swastika and "Nazi Republicans get out of town or else" were spray painted on the side of an adjacent building.

"That's what they do in other countries, not in North Carolina," McCrory said Monday afternoon. "The graffiti is even a type of intimidation that is uncalled for."

McCrory said that disrespect is "not politics," and said the violence takes it to a whole other level.

"The worst I've seen is people tearing down each other's signs or using the middle finger when someone has the wrong bumper sticker that they disagree with - which is bad enough, by the way," he said. "Both parties has its extremists, but this is anarchy [...] This is someone who wants anarchy. And that's not our country and that's not our state."

McCrory says his goal is to have this be the first "and last time" something like this happens in North Carolina. He doesn't want to see copycat attacks and said that he's worried for the safety of the people who worked in the office.

"I have no idea who did this or why they did this," McCrory said. "There is no excuse for doing it, whatever the reason is."

An online campaign reportedly set up by a group of Democrats to help rebuild the firebombed Republican party headquarters met and surpassed its $10,000 goal only 40 minutes.

Democrats behind the GoFundMe page referred to the spray painted message as "an abhorrent threat." The group said its online campaign is aimed at helping the office reopen as soon as possible.

The campaign is not an official effort of the Democratic Party, but rather the work of a group of supportive Democrats. The group said they hoped to make a statement against such tactics.

The burning of the office has been condemned by leaders of both parties nationwide.

North Carolina Republican Party Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse called Sunday's bombing "political terrorism."

"Whether you are Republican, Democrat or Independent, all Americans should be outraged by this hate-filled and violent attack against our democracy," Woodhouse said. "Everyone in this country should be free to express their political viewpoints without fear for their own safety."

Monday morning, Woodhouse said his email was compromised just hours after after the attack on the Orange County office.

An email was sent Monday morning and appeared to be a document entitled "GOP-financial_Document.pdf" that was located in what appeared to be a Drop Box account.

Several hours later Woodhouse sent an email to the distribution listed with the subject line "WARNING: Do not click 'GOP-Financial_Document'."

Woodhouse said the link was part of a phishing email sent to all of his contacts with a "link to a counterfeit site pretending to be dropbox. I did not send those emails."

"The linked website in the email will try to trick you into putting your email address and password to 'sign in'," he warned recipients. "DO NOT enter your email or password on that counterfeit site (or on any non-verified, non-SSL secured site)."

He then warned anyone who entered a password to change their passwords immediately and "never use that password again, for anything, ever."

Woodhouse said his account has since been secured and apologized for the inconvenience.

Online some people were linking the email hack with the firebombing of NCGOP's offices.

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