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Vandals strike office of GOP candidate Marc Molinaro

Vandals strike office of GOP candidate Marc Molinaro Photo: Marc Molinaro via twitter .

October 12, 2018 03:32 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Vandals have damaged the Manhattan campaign office of Marc Molinaro, the Republican running for New York governor.
    
Molinaro says the damage includes smashed windows, a spray-painted door and glue put in the locks at the Metropolitan Republican Club, a longtime gathering spot for Republicans that hosts one of Molinaro's campaign offices.
    
The damage was discovered on Friday.
    
Molinaro says he believes "radical leftists" are behind the vandalism. State Republican officials say a note was left behind boasting that the vandalism was "just the beginning."
    
Molinaro is the Dutchess County executive. He called on his general election opponent, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to denounce the vandalism.
    
The two men also face Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins, libertarian Larry Sharpe and former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, an independent.

Marc Molinaro released a statement Friday regarding the vandalism. The statement in full can be found below: 

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“Last night one of our state headquarter buildings was attacked by radical leftists who smashed windows, spray painted our door, glued our locks, and left a threatening note behind. 

The building on East 83rd Street in Manhattan is the proud home of The Metropolitan Republican Club, an institution founded by supporters of Theodore Roosevelt in 1902. U.S. Presidents, Supreme Court justices, senators, congressman, and state officials have called “The Met Club” home for more than 100 years. Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia was a member of the club and announced his candidacy from its first floor ballroom, as did Mayor Rudy Giuliani in 1989. Mayor Mike Bloomberg was a member, as were Governors Nelson Rockefeller and George Pataki. 

This type of political violence and rank vandalism is unacceptable, and I call on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to condemn this attack immediately and call for calm on the political left. We are one nation and one state. We must not revert to violence under any circumstances.” 

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(Copyright 2018 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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