Campaigns allege vandalism in New Jersey, Colorado

Republicans claim vandals locked them out of their offices. Democrats cite death threat, skunk smell.

Published November 7, 2006 5:47PM (EST)

Republicans and Democrats in New Jersey and Colorado, respectively, are out with claims that the other side has engaged in acts of political vandalism.

In New Jersey, the campaign manager for U.S. Senate candidate Tom Kean Jr. says that vandals "struck the Kean for Senate Headquarters and an auxiliary office of [New Jersey's] Star-Ledger by chaining closed the main entrance to the building as well as breaking off keys in the side door entrances."

In Colorado, meanwhile, the campaign for Democratic congressional candidate Jay Fawcett says staffers arrived at work this morning to discover that their offices had been sprayed with some kind of "vile skunk aroma" that made them virtually uninhabitable. The campaign says a car belonging to Fawcett's finance director was sprayed with a similar substance last week -- and that Fawcett himself was the target of an e-mailed death threat last night.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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