Congressman's Office Vandalized

By: Jessica Aspiras Email
By: Jessica Aspiras Email

"Our locks were glued. We could not get into the front door of our office. Both security cameras were sprayed with some type of black spray paint," explains Tony Baltimore, spokesman for Congressman Mike Rogers (R).

The scene outside of Congressman Mike Rogers office on Michigan Avenue looked like this Tuesday: red paint splattered across the building, a sign plastered to the window with the words, "Rogers, there is blood on your hands," and the outlines of bodies spray painted on the sidewalk.

"This was the most threatening and aggessive act of violence that we've seen. It's a very sad day for our office, for our constituents."

Dee Wacker works at the building next door to Congressman Rogers Office. She was the first to discover the vandalism and report it to the police.

"I made the rounds of collecting trash and one thing lead to another. I came around the front of the building, and I was totally shocked when I saw what I saw."

This isn't the first time Congressman Rogers office has been vandalized. In fact, security cameras were installed just last fall to help catch those in the act.

"We're going to take a look at our security system and see what we can do and go from there," says Baltimore.

A statement from Congressman Rogers Chief of Staff Andy Keiser reads, "We are all entitled to our own opinion on the situation in Iraq, but we are not entitled to destruction of taxpayer property and intimidation of federal officials."

Erik Nelsestuen of the Greater Lansing Network Against War and Injustice agrees.

"There is a lot of anger about the war. But it just serves no purpose to really create violence or cause problems."

Baltimore says, "It gets you down a little bit, but the service we do here is so great that we'll keep on doing it every single day."

The Lansing Police Department, Capitol Police, and the FBI are investigating the case. There are currently no suspects.


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