Republican Party of Door County headquarters vandalized
STURGEON BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - When members of the Republican Party of Door County woke up Sunday morning, they found their headquarters had been vandalized sometime during the overnight hours.
Photos posted to the organization’s Facebook page showed graffiti painted on the building located in Sturgeon Bay.
In addition, signs for Representatives Mike Gallagher (R - Wisconsin), Joel Kitchens (R - Sturgeon Bay), and President Donald Trump were also vandalized.
“You know I’ve lived in Sturgeon Bay pretty much my entire adult life and this is pretty disturbing,” said Kitchens.
Political signs for President Trump, U-S representative Mike Gallagher, and State representative Joel Kitchens were also covered in graffiti.
Volunteers did gather quickly to clean away the signs of vandalism, even repainting the side of the headquarters.
“That’s representative of what our community really is, the vandalism is not. But people coming together and helping out their neighbors that’s what we’re about and that’s what we need to get back to,”said Kitchens.
Gallagher knows graffiti is not on the same level as some of the violent incidents seen in cities like Minneapolis, Chicago, or the nearby Kenosha, but he believes it’s important to speak out against actions like this and would like to see more democrats condemn this behavior.
“It’s incumbent upon all leaders from the local, state, and federal level to denounce this type of lawlessness because it can get out of control, and we’ve seen it get out of control in major American cities and we just don’t want that to happen in northeast Wisconsin,” said Gallagher. “We are better than this, that’s not what this community is about, that’s not what northeast Wisconsin values are about.”
“I think it falls on all of us, no matter the party as Mike said that we need to condemn this kind of violence, there’s just no place for it,” said Kitchens. “Again, I worry about the future. How are we going to get past this and move back to a time where we can just sit down and talk about issues?”
The Democratic Party of Door County Chair David Hayes says whoever committed the vandalism is not representative of Door County.
“I got frustrated because I would hope the people in Door County knew there’s a better way to get their message across instead of doing violent acts and damaging personal, private property,” said Hayes.
He reached out to the Door County Republican Party Chair Stephanie Soucek and says they plan to meet Monday to try to create common ground and make something positive out of the situation, hopefully easing community anxiety.
“It’s not that hard to listen, it’s really hard to check yourself that’s what I think we need to do a little bit more of,” said Hayes. “Our words have meaning and our actions have meaning and we need to think about that stuff a little bit more than knee jerk reaction.”
Overall everyone hopes to be able to find a way forward, to avoid actions like this in the future.
“This is a first, and I hope it’s a last,” said Kitchens.
The incident was reported to the Sturgeon Bay Police Department and is being investigated.
Soucek told Action 2 News that the headquarters does not have security cameras, though she plans to add some after this incident.
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