Kristallnacht 2010?: Alabama Wingnut Calls for Nationwide Democratic Party Window Breaking

By Ben Smith | Politico | March 24, 2010

Jake Sherman and Marin Cogan wrote today how intense the backlash has been in some quarters to the health care bill's passage, and the Kansas City Star reports on another broken window:

Authorities in Wichita and some other cities across the country are investigating vandalism against Democratic offices, apparently in response to health care reform.

And on Monday, a former Alabama militia leader took credit for instigating the actions.

Mike Vanderboegh of Pinson, Ala., former leader of the Alabama Constitutional Militia, put out a call on Friday for modern “Sons of Liberty” to break the windows of Democratic Party offices nationwide in opposition to health care reform. Since then, vandals have struck several offices, including the Sedgwick County Democratic Party headquarters in Wichita.

“There’s glass everywhere,” said Lyndsay Stauble, executive director of the Sedgwick County Democratic Party. “A brick took out the whole floor-to-ceiling window and put a gouge in my desk.”

Stauble said the brick, hurled through the window between Friday night and Saturday morning, had “some anti-Obama rhetoric” written on it.

Physical damage aside, this isn't great P.R.

UPDATE: Andy Barr reports that the FBI is investigating an incident at the home of Rep. Tom Perriello's brother.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0310/Broken_windows.html