Rep. Russ Carnahan reports that his campaign office was firebombed and a suspect is in custody. Uncool.Of course, the full article has Loesch spinning it into the tired old "Kenneth Gladney got beaten by Union Thugs" meme.
Carnahan is weathering a tumultuous political environment. A year ago, several people were arrested at a Carnahan town hall forum after a fracas broke out between protesters and Carnahan supporters.
No. Protesters were harassed by people who identified themselves as Carnahan volunteers and people not even of the 3rd district, OFA bussed people in who were loud and disruptive at the meeting (I know, because they assumed me and the veteran who attended the townhall with me were with OFA and snuck us through the side door), and Carnahan supporters attacked a man they profiled as being a conservative. I and others have endless video and photographic footage of the evening. The “fracas” came from Carnahan supporters and there isn’t a police report or eyewitness that has stated otherwise. To report otherwise is disingenuous and the omission of the above implies that those targeted at the townhall contributed to the “fracas” and whether Wagman intended it or not, further implies that the “fracas” could be linked to the firebombing and that the perpetrator could be a tea partier. Also not cool."
Well, Mr Patch W, Adams of P/Oed Patriot (via an article from Dana Loesch) is lying his ass off with the claim that "OFA bused in people to disrupt townhalls when a conservative speaks."
Now, the REAL news on this:
ST. LOUIS • Police have arrested a 50-year-old man in connection to what appears to be a firebombing that caused minor damage at the campaign headquarters of U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis.
Firefighters responded after witnesses called about hearing broken glass and later smelling smoke at the office in the 7000 block of Chippewa Street in St. Louis.
At the office, it later appeared as if someone had thrown a burning object through a window.
The incident took place around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday and is being investigated as an arson by the Police Department's bomb and arson squad.
Police have not released the name of the suspect pending the application of warrants. They also did not release a potential motive.
The Carnahan campaign issued a brief statement confirming the incident and minor damage. On Tuesday evening, the room still smelled of smoke with charred campaign papers on a table.
The building is marked with Carnahan campaign signs. Carnahan, first elected in 2004, is locked in a tough election battle with Republican Ed Martin.
Although the congressional seat had been considered reliably Democratic — it was held for many years by former U.S. Rep. Richard Gephardt — Carnahan is facing a tough challenge this year. Martin has kept pace on fundraising, and he has criticized Carnahan on a range of issues.
Apart from Martin, Carnahan is weathering a tumultuous political environment. A year ago, several people were arrested at a Carnahan town hall forum after a fracas broke out between protesters and Carnahan supporters.
Adam Shriver of St. Louis Activist Hub has this take late last night:
News outlets are reporting that Congressman Russ Carnahan's campaign office was broken into at 2 AM this morning and a small fire was set. A man is in custody but so far no details are known as to his motives. I have to say, though, that if, and so far it is a big if , the man in custody is a right-wing activist, no responsible reporting on the matter would ignore the following facts:
In late March, the tea party held a rally where they burned a photo of Russ Carnahan outside of his Manchester office. Dana Loesch can be heard in the video saying, "This is how a fire smells when it's burning Tyranny." At that same rally, they (1) used shoes to whack a picture of Russ Carnahan, (2) kicked the photo of Carnahan, (3) set up a game where people would throw boots at a picture of Carnahan, (4) and even encouraged small children to throw the boot at Carnahan. Ed Martin's campaigners directly participated in these actions and Martin spoke approvingly of the rallies, posting links directly to videos of Carnahan's picture getting booted and burned. Gateway Pundit titled his post about the event Hundreds Rally as Russ Carnahan is '"booted" and "torched." At the rally, they used a photo of Carnahan with blood dripping from his mouth: In the week prior to the event, Bill Hennessy wrote a blog post claiming that the tea party no longer had any moral or legal obligations to the government. After the event, Hennessy tweeted openly about "revolution:"
The day after that rally, the tea party carried a coffin to Russ Carnahan's HOME, as in his private residence:
I agree with Adam Shriver on this. But I presume all the violence against Russ Carnahan is partly egged on by Dana Loesch, KFTK, and the STL Tea Party. Somebody over at Emmis needs to rein in Dana before her vile rhetoric gets more people hurt and/or killed, buildings destroyed, set on fire, or whatnot. I bet it will get worse as the November Midterms get closer.
Updated: Corrected the title from Robin to Russ Carnahan.
-- Update 2: As expected, Dana Loesch was whining about it with her latest tweet, falsely suggesting that "Adam Shriver posts libel on University time and on its computers."
Curious whether wash u employees who post defamatory and dangerous libel abt private citizens do so on university property during work hrs.
Chris Loesch Because they are cowards and know that this kind of kooky behavior is always perpetrated by liberals. This was obviously an inside job to make the Tea Party look bad.
Well, Chris, I have some news for you: The "kooky behavior" is perpetuated by Right-Wing assmunches like you.