Drive­way de­faced with anti-Trump mes­sage

Ch­ester County Repub­li­can Party chair­man calls ac­tions ‘cow­ardly and in­ex­cus­able’

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Fran Maye fmaye@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @ken­nettpa­per on Twit­ter

A drive­way to the Ken­nett area home of a Ch­ester County Repub­li­can com­mit­tee mem­ber was re­port­edly de­faced Sun­day.

Van­dals used spray paint to write the words “F— Trump Racists.”

“The be­hav­ior dis­played here is cow­ardly and in­ex­cus­able,” said Val DiGior­gio, chair­man of the Ch­ester County Repub­li­can Party, in a post on so­cial me­dia. “Rather than de­bate ideas and prin­ci­ples, the other side has cho­sen to smear our can­di­dates and at­tempted to in­tim­i­date our vot­ers.”

DiGior­gio said this is the lat­est “ter­ror” tac­tic lead­ing up to the elec­tions.

“Un­for­tu­nately, this is noth­ing new from them this elec­tion cy­cle,” he said. “They have waged nasty per­sonal attacks against can­di­dates such as, Eric Roe, Tom Kil­lion, and Jack Lon­don, to name a few. Ev­ery day Repub­li­can headquarters re­ceives count­less phone calls and dozens of vot­ers stop in to re­place lawn signs that are brazenly stolen from homes and busi­nesses. As a party, we con­demn this type of be­hav­ior and cer­tainly don’t tol­er­ate it among our­selves.”

Brian McGin­nis, chair­man of the Ch­ester County Demo­cratic Party, said his party does not con­done or en­cour­age van­dal­ism of any kind from com­mit­tee mem­bers, staff or vol­un­teers.

“We re­al­ize that in the heat of this con­tentious cam­paign that the public in gen­eral are pas­sion­ate about the race and un­for­tu­nately may demon­strate this in an un­ac­cept­able way,” McGin­nis said. “The acts have clearly oc­curred against Demo­crat res­i­dents as well, as our of­fice has re­ceived dozens of com­plaints daily of signs taken and van­dal­ism simi-

lar to that men­tioned to­day.

“We un­der­stand that sev­eral Democrats have al­ready come for­ward and of­fered to clean up the van­dal­ism, and that is the good neigh­bor spirit we en­cour­age and ex­pect in Ch­ester County. The CCDC re­quests that sup­port­ers of both pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates re­spect the rights of all cit­i­zens to en­sure that our elec­tions here are free of in­tim­i­da­tion and that we all re­main calm and kind to those demon­strat­ing their First Amend­ment rights both be­fore and on Elec­tion Day.”

The acts of van­dal­ism and thefts are making the GOP stronger, DiGior­gio said.

“De­spite the other side’s at­tempts to silence us, I be­lieve sign steal­ing and acts such as be­low serve only to strengthen our re­solve. It is never ac­cept­able to re­sort to van­dal­ism and in­tim­i­da­tion. We will de­feat these fear-mon­ger­ing tac­tics on Nov. 8th be­cause the Repub­li­can Party is run­ning on prin­ci­ples and ideas.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Van­dals used white spray paint to write this mes­sage on a Ken­nett area drive­way.

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