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GOP blames Democrats for break-in; police find no political motive
Mlive.com ^ | June 3, 2008 | Kyla King

Posted on 06/03/2008 3:24:11 PM PDT by Hadean

GRAND RAPIDS -- Kent County Republicans continue to claim a recent break-in at their Grand Rapids headquarters was politically motivated

And one party leader publicly blamed unnamed Democrats in a mass e-mail sent to supporters.

"We knew the Democrats would do anything to win, but we didn't expect this!" wrote Kent GOP Chair Dave Dishaw in a note asking for money to help cover "costs" and support candidates.

Grand Rapids Police on Tuesday confirmed they are investigating an early morning break-in that occurred last Thursday at the GOP's offices at 264 Leonard St. NW, near U.S. 131.

Lt. Ralph Mason said a report indicates thieves entered a side door and took about $200 from a cash box, a laptop computer and a large box of stamps. They also smashed computers, crumpled banners and took miscellaneous items, he said.

But Mason said because there was no graffiti, police have no reason to believe it was politically motivated.

"I don't know what they're basing that on. ... That may be a stretch," Mason said. "It was a burglary. They got a laptop, they got cash money. ... They obviously concentrated on things they can pawn or sell."

Kent County Republican Executive Director Sam Moore said he believes GOP offices were targeted because the intruders did not enter other businesses in the building and because they took odd items such as a gavel used by former Chairwoman Betsy DeVos.

Moore also said he received threatening phone calls two weeks ago when Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama held a rally in Grand Rapids, though he did not report them to police.

"Based on what has happened in the past, I would find it somewhat hard to believe it's an unregistered voter, or person not interested in politics," Moore said.

Kent County Democratic Chair Sue Levy dismissed the notion that party activists could have been involved in criminal activity.

"We'll beat them at the polls," Levy said.

Levy believes GOP leaders are just using the "unfortunate" incident to raise money.

"(The e-mail Dishaw sent out) looked to me like a solicitation more than anything," she said.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: breakin; democrats; gop; grandrapids; grandrapidsgate; ratcrime; thugs

1 posted on 06/03/2008 3:24:13 PM PDT by Hadean
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To: Hadean
NOT a political hit???

Read this report: http://www.rightmichigan.com/story/2008/6/3/71622/65359

The Kent County Republican Committee has been the target of violent attacks in the past. In 2004 they actually took gunfire as a bullet was fired through the windows. Obviously a scary situation. Word from Sam Moore, the KCRC ED, is that serious threats have been coming in regularly ever since Barack Obama made a stop in Grand Rapids several weeks ago. Not angry letters or prank calls... threats. The Michigan Republican Party HQ in Lansing has also been repeatedly tagged with profane graffiti. My favorite happened a few weeks back when one Rhodes Scholar or another, unhappy with MRP, spray painted the building with an attempted insult that read, in giant two foot letters, "BICTH!"

2 posted on 06/03/2008 3:27:51 PM PDT by Kieri (Midwest Snark Claw & Feather Club Founder)
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To: Hadean

This should surprise no one. Many liberals see themselves as good and the GOP as evil. Therefore they are able to justify vandalism. It happened in Wisconsin with slashed tires and in Portland Oregon with the GOP office trashed during the ‘04 campaign. The media barely covered both events.


3 posted on 06/03/2008 3:30:26 PM PDT by MovementConservative (John Roberts and Sam Alito.... Thank you GWB)
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To: Hadean
DemoRats are the criminal party and Republicans are the stupid party, so I guess everything is normal in Kent County.
4 posted on 06/03/2008 3:31:09 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (John McCain, the Manchurian Candidate.)
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To: Hadean
This has to be a satire. The GOP is the Democratic Party nowadays.
5 posted on 06/03/2008 3:32:50 PM PDT by JoJo Gunn (Help control the girly-man population. Have the McCainiacs spayed or neutered.)
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To: JoJo Gunn

what does that mean? or do you mean the GOP is the liberal party today?


6 posted on 06/03/2008 3:38:31 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* 'I love you guys')
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To: Hadean
"We knew the Democrats would do anything to win, but we didn't expect this!"

Then you dont remember the last campaign:

Republican rental vehicles vandalized

When angry Democrats attack - MN Republican Party website

http://michellemalkin.com/2005/03/10/when-angry-democrats-attack/

But Mason said because there was no graffiti, police have no reason to believe it was politically motivated.

Huh? In the many attacks in the past (partially listed above), how often have they left graffiti?

7 posted on 06/03/2008 3:40:08 PM PDT by lowbridge ("I have never learned to fight for my freedom. I was only good at enjoying it" - Van Den Boogaard)
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To: Hadean; backhoe

It begins again?


8 posted on 06/03/2008 3:48:37 PM PDT by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military)
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To: Hadean

I am SO glad that I live out here in the SF Bay area, where things are SO much calmer and more civilized. You wild radicals in Grand Rapids, Michigan are just WAY too over the top for us!! How about if we send you Nancy Pelosi, Diane Feinstein, and Barbara Boxer to help you get things under control. No, really, it’s OK, you can have them (we have already sent you Jennifer Granholm, and look how much SHE has helped).

: )

I’m tellin’ you, those CRC’ers and Amway Distributors are nothing but anarchists at heart. And for years we Californians have been asking ourselves: when are they finally going to do something about all those stalinist radicals over at Acquinas and Calvin Colleges?? What will the they do next, burn wooden shoes in the middle of Calder Plaza??

Oh, the humanity.

On the serious side, I hate to think that all of the Republican Offices will have to start hiring guards to be on duty 24x7 in order to keep the “youths” under control. What is the country coming to??


9 posted on 06/03/2008 4:19:59 PM PDT by Zetman
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To: MEG33

And it is only going get worse. Mark my words if Obastalin looses it is very possible that we could see riots in major urban areas. Its going get ugly this year. And I hope the media covers it for once but I wont hold my breath.


10 posted on 06/03/2008 4:22:33 PM PDT by crazydad
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To: Hadean

I wonder if G. Gordon Liddy and some Cubans were in Grand Rapids?


11 posted on 06/03/2008 4:26:40 PM PDT by trumandogz ("He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and it worries me." Sen Cochran on McCain)
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To: crazydad
Its going get ugly this year. And I hope the media covers it for once but I wont hold my breath.

Oh, they'll cover it all right. But they will just blame it on those mean, hateful Republicans, Christians, Conservatives, and angry white males (or, "right wingers" as they call us out here in the land of fruits and nuts).

12 posted on 06/03/2008 4:26:52 PM PDT by Zetman
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To: Hadean
"We knew the Democrats would do anything to win, but we didn't expect this!"

How can he say he's expect "anything" and then say he didn't expect a simple break-in?

Besides maybe he's just clueless...

13 posted on 06/03/2008 4:31:27 PM PDT by airborne (LETS GO PENS!!! LETS GO PENS!!! LETS GO PENS!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!)
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To: JoJo Gunn
"This has to be a satire. The GOP is the Democratic Party nowadays. "

Well actually, the Kent County Republicans are pretty darn conservative.

As is a most of West Michigan. (Benton Harbor Excepted).

14 posted on 06/03/2008 4:33:35 PM PDT by drc43 (US won despite us... NOW what?... Nancy Pelosi)
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To: drc43
Well actually, the Kent County Republicans are pretty darn conservative.

As is a most of West Michigan. (Benton Harbor Excepted).

What about "urban" GR and "urban" Muskegon??

15 posted on 06/03/2008 4:36:03 PM PDT by Zetman
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To: airborne
"Besides maybe he's just clueless..."

Please be careful with your keyboard antics. Dave Dishaw is an extremely hardworking , young conservative, and has earned the respect of all Republicans in West Michigan, as he works carefully with all the factions, including the more liberal eastern Michigan establishment...

This stuff is not easy or just a bunch of keyboard slogans.

16 posted on 06/03/2008 4:36:53 PM PDT by drc43 (US won despite us... NOW what?... Nancy Pelosi)
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To: Zetman
"What about "urban" GR and "urban" Muskegon?? "

Please look up the meaning of most. I did NOT mean all.

I assumed I did not need to list every exception.

17 posted on 06/03/2008 4:38:26 PM PDT by drc43 (US won despite us... NOW what?... Nancy Pelosi)
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To: drc43
Please look up the meaning of most. I did NOT mean all.

I assumed I did not need to list every exception.

It is the first Tuesday evening of a month which begins with the letter "J". The Freeper rules CLEARLY state that ALL exceptions MUST be listed in EVERY post on the first Tuesday evening of any month which begins with the letter "J"!!

: )

You'll have to excuse my lower IQ. They put something in the water out here in the SF Bay area which has that effect upon the general populace.

Either that, or I graduated from Union. Take your pick.

: )

18 posted on 06/03/2008 4:46:06 PM PDT by Zetman
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To: Zetman

Yep the DBM is turning more and more into PRAVDA everyday. This is going to get interesting if Obastalin wins and the Demonazis control the senate and congress with a veto proof majority the fairness doctrine will be put in to effect and the new media will be silenced. Then it will really look like Pravda! God help us all.


19 posted on 06/03/2008 4:49:01 PM PDT by crazydad
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20 posted on 06/03/2008 4:52:01 PM PDT by grellis (By order of the Ingham County Sheriff this tag has been seized for nonpayment of taxes)
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To: crazydad
This is going to get interesting if Obastalin wins and the Demonazis control the senate and congress with a veto proof majority the fairness doctrine will be put in to effect and the new media will be silenced. Then it will really look like Pravda! God help us all.

Yep, I said in a post last week that if Obama wins, and the dems keep their majority, that Limbaugh will probably be off the air sometime in 2009. Hopefully, he will be able to do like Howard Stern, and move to satellite radio at that point.

21 posted on 06/03/2008 4:52:24 PM PDT by Zetman
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To: Hadean

I think when Liddy was caught in the Watergate, he was writing on the walls. </src>


22 posted on 06/03/2008 4:54:35 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: Zetman
Sorry for the heavy handed reply. That you are a Freeper automatically puts you in the Hi IQ arena. Just so sick of the trivial battles we fight, when we have a true disaster awaiting us.

I hate to see the good guys taken down with the pretenders.

Our congressman IS a pretender. So I know they are among us.

23 posted on 06/03/2008 4:55:43 PM PDT by drc43 (US won despite us... NOW what?... Nancy Pelosi)
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To: Zetman

Oh and besides all the lib zanyness, I love SF.


24 posted on 06/03/2008 4:57:11 PM PDT by drc43 (US won despite us... NOW what?... Nancy Pelosi)
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To: drc43

Sorry. On second thought, it appears to be a clever sound bite.

Not clueless. All in all, a good response intended to create the sense of Dem sleaziness.

And it worked.


25 posted on 06/03/2008 5:00:19 PM PDT by airborne (LETS GO PENS!!! LETS GO PENS!!! LETS GO PENS!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!)
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To: drc43

Who is your congressman?


27 posted on 06/03/2008 5:03:38 PM PDT by grellis (By order of the Ingham County Sheriff this tag has been seized for nonpayment of taxes)
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To: drc43
Sorry for the heavy handed reply. That you are a Freeper automatically puts you in the Hi IQ arena. Just so sick of the trivial battles we fight, when we have a true disaster awaiting us.

No problem. As you have probably garnered, I live in the SF Bay Area - the "land of fruits and nuts". Anytime you want to trade your "trivial battles" for my "trivial battles", just let me know!!

The Republican Party out here is infested with RINO's, and they like to run amok. In any event, the makeup of the local Bay Area Republican party is a moot point, as they are pretty much irrelevant anyway (not sure if I even consider Arnie to BE a republican, RINO or otherwise). At least you guys are still a major force to be reckoned with back there. Keep fightin' the fight, and send us John Engler (if he can still be found!!).

28 posted on 06/03/2008 5:05:32 PM PDT by Zetman
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To: grellis
"Who is your congressman?"

The Hon Vern Ehlers.. Scientist from Calvin College, who has opposed ANWAR and seems to have bought into the Global Warming Hoax.

I know, I answered with a partial editorial. But guys like these belong on the other side.

29 posted on 06/03/2008 5:08:40 PM PDT by drc43 (US won despite us... NOW what?... Nancy Pelosi)
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To: Zetman
So disappointed in Arnie. I had very high hopes for him, even realizing him to be a bit lib.. He seemed a self made man that understood the principles of hard work and reward. Seemed to understand management. Seems that Celebrity won out.

I guess the power of the p..... is not to be underestimated as it seems sure that his wife runs him.... so sad..

30 posted on 06/03/2008 5:13:03 PM PDT by drc43 (US won despite us... NOW what?... Nancy Pelosi)
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To: Zetman
Seems like Arnie has been proven to be the ultimate “Girlie Man”.
31 posted on 06/03/2008 5:15:01 PM PDT by drc43 (US won despite us... NOW what?... Nancy Pelosi)
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To: drc43
Oh and besides all the lib zanyness, I love SF.

I suppose somebody has to!! Actually, I guess I sort-of like it too. However, the libs out here drive me up a wall (totally, dude!!). I read somewhere that SF used to be a fairly Conservative city right up through the 1950's. Something went HORRIBLY wrong in the 1960's. If SF were a Conservative city, it would be one of the best places in the world to live. Instead, it is one of the worst. Such a pity, what a waste. I wish we could take the people of West Michigan and transplant them into SF, and take the libs in SF and transplant them....... well, somewhere far away from the United States!!

33 posted on 06/03/2008 5:19:26 PM PDT by Zetman
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To: Zetman
SF started to go wrong in the early 1900's when they voted to build the Municipal Railway, intended to drive out the private companies. It took 40 years, but they succeeded.

Now I like Muni, but it came at the expense of stealing private property, and started with a twisted sense of entitlement dating back, like I said to the populism of the 1900's.

Maybe from all the broke prospectors robbed by big business back then? Who can say.

34 posted on 06/03/2008 5:26:45 PM PDT by drc43 (US won despite us... NOW what?... Nancy Pelosi)
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To: drc43
Seems like Arnie has been proven to be the ultimate “Girlie Man”.

Tell me about it. Now he has recently flipped on the issues of "gay marriage" and human-caused global warming. He is now in favor of both, whereas he was opposed to both. Maybe he has been hanging out with Jenny Granholm too much!! Of course, it is very telling that Granholm was raised out here in the SF Bay area, after immigrating to the U.S. from Canada!! Yikes!!

36 posted on 06/03/2008 5:27:48 PM PDT by Zetman
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To: Zetman
"Of course, it is very telling that Granholm was raised out here in the SF Bay area, after immigrating to the U.S. from Canada!! Yikes!!":

And here I thought your air was so refreshing.... Maybe the water?.... Maybe the disconnect from the rest of the world?

37 posted on 06/03/2008 5:29:52 PM PDT by drc43 (US won despite us... NOW what?... Nancy Pelosi)
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To: Zetman

quote: “we have already sent you Jennifer Granholm, and look how much SHE has helped).”

We’d like to send her back to ya, but would rather send her and all that garbage back to Canada.


38 posted on 06/03/2008 5:34:32 PM PDT by slipper (Proud Marine mom "Prayers for our men and women in uniform")
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To: drc43
"Who is your congressman?"

The Hon Vern Ehlers.. Scientist from Calvin College, who has opposed ANWAR and seems to have bought into the Global Warming Hoax.

Scary. I remember when he was running for political office for the very first time, back in the 1970's, I think. I was a little kid, and I believe he was running for GR City Council. He came around to every house in our neighborhood, and gave each household a sappling pine tree (about 10 inches tall), planted in a styrofoam cup. I think we planted ours out in the back yard somewhere.

Either way, he won the election, but I remember asking my mom about him around a year (or so) later, and she said that although she voted for him, she was real disappointed in the job he was doing. If he was giving out trees way back then, it doesn't sound like he has changed very much. I think his campaign sign that year also featured a stylized drawing of a tree, superimposed on top of his last name (all in green, of course).

When I met him on our front pourch, I remember thinking he looked rather old even back then (if I recall, he was wearing a suit, had a bald head, and wore wire rimmed glasses). If this is the same Vern Ehlers, I am really surprised to hear that he is still kicking around 30 years later. How old is he?? 105??

39 posted on 06/03/2008 5:44:39 PM PDT by Zetman
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To: slipper
We’d like to send her (Granholm) back to ya, but would rather send her and all that garbage back to Canada.

We'll take her back, but in exchange, you have to take Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Barbara Lee, Gavin Newsome, and Nancy Pelosi from us!!

41 posted on 06/03/2008 5:52:47 PM PDT by Zetman
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To: drc43
SF started to go wrong in the early 1900's when they voted to build the Municipal Railway, intended to drive out the private companies. It took 40 years, but they succeeded.

Hmmmm... Interesting. I will admit that I don't know much about the history of Muni. Nowadays, although they still have the rail system in SF, they run even more regular busses, in addition to the rails. I never knew their system was different from any other big city mass transit system (many it isn't - I have never studied the history of such entities).

42 posted on 06/03/2008 6:00:24 PM PDT by Zetman
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To: Steve Van Doorn
or do you mean the GOP is the liberal party today?

Yep. 

You're witnessing history in the making - the GOP's unveiling of their first Democrat candidate. 

44 posted on 06/03/2008 7:06:15 PM PDT by JoJo Gunn (Help control the girly-man population. Have the McCainiacs spayed or neutered.)
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To: Hadean

I don’t expect this in Grand Rapids. Ann Arbor maybe, but not there.


45 posted on 06/03/2008 8:19:58 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in - Michael Corleone)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...

Thanks Grellis.


46 posted on 06/03/2008 9:39:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_________________________Profile updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: Hadean
"We knew the Democrats would do anything to win, but we didn't expect this!" wrote Kent GOP Chair Dave Dishaw...

You're fired, Dave.

48 posted on 06/04/2008 5:47:29 AM PDT by Fundamentally Fair (3/5 > 1/2)
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