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Rape' spray-painted dozens of times on local Republican headquarters amid Kavanaugh controversy

The word "rape" was spray-painted dozens of times on the outside of the Winnebago County Republican Headquarters in Rockford, Illinois, over the weekend. (Image source: WTVO-TV video screenshot)

The word "rape" was spray-painted dozens of times on the outside of the Winnebago County Republican Headquarters in Rockford, Illinois, over the weekend, WTVO-TV reported.

Image source: WTVO-TV video screenshot

"Shame" also was part of the vandalism vocabulary, the station said, as well as "9/27/18" — the date Christine Blasey Ford testified to U.S. senators that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her over 35 years ago when they were teenagers.

Image source: WTVO-TV video screenshot

The vandalism — which covered every side of the building in various sizes and colors — was discovered Sunday morning, WTVO said.

Image source: WTVO-TV video screenshot

"It just seems, like, crazy," Fines Woodard told the station, "and like ... mad disrespectful."

Police have not yet made an arrest in relation to the incident, WTVO said in a follow-up story.

The owners of the building — which also houses several law offices — told WTVO it was the first time something of this magnitude occurred since they began ownership in 2006.

Image source: WTVO-TV video screenshot

A company that specializes in graffiti removal power-washed away most of the spray-painted words, the station said.

What did elected officials have to say about the incident?

“We can have our differences. We can have good spirited debate," Republican John Cabello of the state House of Representatives posted on his Facebook page, WREX-TV reported. "I hope whoever is responsible for this will be brought to justice. You are a coward for doing it unless you come forward!”

Image source: WTVO-TV video screenshot

GOP state Sen. Dave Syverson told WREX he views the vandalism as fallout from U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s behavior during the Kavanaugh hearings: “These are the unintended consequences when you take politics to a level that she did. Unfortunately, this probably won't be the last.”

Winnebago County Board Chairman Frank Haney released the following statement, the station said, which read in part: "This is not who we are. I am extremely disappointed in the individual responsible for the ugliness at our local Republican HQ. Clearly, this person needs help. As a Republican, I am saddened and angry. I am also sad to see other folks in my party unfairly labeled and mischaracterized. Negative generalizations about a group of people has [sic] never served us well as a country. This situation is no different. Attacks of this nature aim to silence and destroy, neither of which will occur.”

Rockford Democratic Mayor Tom McNamara posted a statement on Facebook as well, WREX said: “This type of behavior is unacceptable and certainly does not live up to our community’s values. We all have differences, but we must learn to disagree on policy without attacking people.”

(H/T: The American Mirror)

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