A “vandalism spree” hit the Colorado Democratic Party headquarters in Denver today, where the “vandal allegedly used a hammer to smash” 11 windows. Party Chairwoman Pat Waak attributed the violence to the intensity surrounding the health care debate, saying, “Clearly there’s been an effort on the other side to stir up hate. I think this is the consequence of it.” Waak estimated the damage at approximately $11,000. The Denver Police Department reportedly has a man in custody regarding the incident. ThinkProgress obtained some pictures of the damage:
The Denver Post reports that the vandal, Maurice Joseph Schwenkler, worked for a Democrat in 2008, but now belongs to a “local radical protest group.” “[I]t appears possible that Schwenkler ascribes to neither political ideology,” writes the Post.