The Morning Call (Sunday)

Congressio­nal leaders’ houses vandalized

- By Timothy D. Easley and Travis Loller

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Vandals took aim at the leaders of the U.S. House and Senate over the holiday weekend, blighting their homes with graffiti and in one case a pig’s head as Congress failed to approve an increase in the amount of money being sent to individual­s to help cope with the coronaviru­s pandemic.

Spray paint on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s door in Kentucky on Saturday read, “WERES MY MONEY.” “MITCH KILLS THE POOR” was scrawled over a window. A profanity directed at the Republican senator was painted under the mailbox.

At House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home in San Francisco, someone spray-painted graffiti and left a pig’ s head and fake blood on New Year’s Day, police said. Thev andalism was reported around 2 a.m. Friday, a police statement said.

KGO-TV reported that graffiti found on the garage door of the Democratic leader’s home included the phrases “$2K,” “Cancel rent!” and “We want everything,” apparently referencin­g Democratic lawmakers’ failed efforts to increase the coronaviru­s relief checks from$600to$2,000.

McConnell released a statement Saturday condemning the vandalism.

“I’ve spent my career fighting for the First Amendment and defending peaceful protest,” he stated. “I appreciate every Kentuckian who has engaged in the democratic process whether they agree with me or not. This is different. Vandalism and the politics of fear have no place in our society.”

 ?? TIMOTHYD.EASLEY/AP ?? Graffiti is seen on a door of the home of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky.
TIMOTHYD.EASLEY/AP Graffiti is seen on a door of the home of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky.

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