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Vandal hits GOP headquarters in Alamance Co., 3rd attack in a month

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For the third time in less than a month, a Republican Party headquarters in North Carolina has been hit by vandalism.

According to officials with the North Carolina Republican Party (NCGOP), the headquarters in Alamance County was vandalized by someone with spray-paint.

The phrase "[Expletive] Trump" was painted on the bricks outside of the headquarters along the 2600-block of Ramada Road in Burlington, along with spray-paint on a sign and the door outside the office.

"This is deeply troubling to our Alamance County GOP members and volunteers, but even more so, this is troubling for our nation," Alamance County GOP Chairman Ben York said Friday. "As Chairman, it is my hope that we can be an example to the world that this behavior is unacceptable, and it will not deter us from the noble responsibility we have to live and vote in the freedom that has been given to us."

York added that the headquarters is "open for business" and "nothing is going to get in our way."

Burlington Police say the incident happened around 2:15 a.m. and there is surveillance video of what appears to be a man vandalizing the building. If caught, that person would face injury to real property charges.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Burlington Police Department at (336) 229-3503 or anonymously to the Alamance County-wide Crimestoppers at (336) 229-7100. 

Representative Mark Walker, who represents North Carolina District 6, says this is the second crime in his district in less than a month.

"One of life's greatest opportunities is to bring healing when you've been treated unfairly or wronged," Walker said. "These words of hate create an opportunity for us to serve one another, be hands and feet for this community, and to do so with grateful hearts. We are incredibly blessed to live in a country where we may live and work in accordance to our peacefully held beliefs without fear of encountering violence."

Walker also represents Orange County, where the headquarters was firebombed in mid-October.

Firebombing in Orange County

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

The "firebombing" 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.

At the time, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory called the incident "anarchy" and called it an attack on democracy.

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Walker said he hopes the incidents will "motivate every single North Carolinian to go to the polls as a way to secure that very freedom."

After the attack on the GOP headquarters in Orange County, 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.

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.

Other attacks

Last month, the NCGOP said shots were fired at the county headquarters in Bayboro, which is in Pamlico County.

"We have had two separate incidents at our Headquarters over the last three weeks that involved a person or persons shooting an air rifle or BB gun at the front windows," Pamlico County Republican Party chairman Dave Wickersham said in October. "No volunteers were in the building at the time of the shootings and no one has been injured."

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He said both incidents were reported to the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office.

And just hours after the firebombing in Orange County NCGOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse said his email was compromised.

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

Woodhouse later 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."

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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.

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