Break-In at Dem Campaign Office; Fox News Excited to Find a "New Black Panther" Member

HuffPo's Amanda Terkel reports that someone broke into the campaign office of Rep. Tom Perriello, D-Virginia, and stole materials prepared for precinct walkers, apparently in an attempt to mislead traditional Dem voters about the location of their polling places.

According to Blue Virginia, which first reported the incident, the ground-floor office of the Perriello headquarters was left unattended from 2:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. During that time, someone reportedly bent a window screen, enabling him or her to "reach in and open the window." Missing from the office was a box of walking packets -- which help canvassers identify residents -- and door hangers meant to help voters identify their correct polling place.

The Perriello campaign has reported the incident to the police and say they don't know who is behind it.

"The only thing that leads us to believe that they are Hurt supporters is that it appears to be an attempt to suppress our vote, but also when our staffers arrived at 5:00 in the morning in the office, there was a Hurt sign planted outside of the office building, which definitely wasn't there when they left before," said Perriello spokesperson Jessica Barba. "They don't allow political signs outside of our office building, so we would notice that."

The Hurt campaign issued a statement accusing the Perriello campaign of staging the break-in in order to "get sympathy." 

After the vote on health-care reform, tea partiers targeted Perriello for payback. A photo supposedly of Perriello's home was posted by a tea party leader, but it was actually that of his brother. When someone cut a gas-line at the brother's house, the FBI gave the Rep extra security.

Meanwhile, Fox News is enthusiastic about finding a member of the "New Black Panther Party," a powerful political movement whose members may number in the dozens.

Fox 29 News ran into a New Black Panther Party member outside as the same Philadelphia polling place where voter intimidation was reported two years ago. He was handing out a sample ballot for the Democrats. 

No voter intimidation was reported by people who cast a ballot at that polling place two years ago. Not one incident. That was the primary reason the Department of Justice didn't pursue the case (beyond issuing an injunction against a single individual). 

A check with Philadelphia election officials revealed no voter intimidation reports at the polling location related to the man. 

Just like in 2008.

But we were able to obtain one of the sample ballots the man was handing out to voters. It was a sample Democratic ticket with Joe Sestak, Dan Onorato, Bob Brady and Curtis Thomas on the ballot.

Radical!First they hand out sample ballots and then, inevitably, they start drinking white babies' blood.

In footage obtained by Fox News back in 2008, two members of the New Black Panther Party stood outside the same polling place shaking a Billy club and allegedly intimidating voters.

Alleged by Fox News, a conservative activist, but, again, no voters.


AlterNet / By Joshua Holland

Posted at November 2, 2010, 10:44am

Sign Up!
Get AlterNet's Daily Newsletter in Your Inbox
+ sign up for additional lists
Select additional lists by selecting the checkboxes below before clicking Subscribe:
Election 2018