NY state GOP says anarchists trashed Big Apple headquarters
via The Journal News
NEW YORK - State Republican officials said Friday that their Manhattan party headquarters were vandalized overnight, and blamed the attack on anarchists.
Vandals threw bricks through windows at 122 E. 83rd St., which houses state GOP offices and the Metropolitan Republican Club.
The vandals also poured glue on door locks and a keypad at the entrance, spray-painted the letter "A" inside a circle — a symbol typically used by anarchist groups — and left a note behind, police and party officials said.
"Tonight, we put the Republican Party on notice, in defiance to the policy of mass misery they have championed," the note said. "The US government has established concentration camps around the country for Latino people, shamelessly murders black people, and continues its war machine that has slaughtered Muslim people with impunity for decades."
In a statement Friday, state Republican Chairman Ed Cox and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, the GOP gubernatorial candidate, denounced the vandalism, calling it "unacceptable."
“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," Molinaro said in a statement. "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.”
Molinaro is facing Cuomo, a Democrat seeking his third term, in next month's elections.
In a statement Friday, state Democratic leaders called any assertion that the governor or his campaign were linked to the incident were "wildly inappropriate."
"New York Democrats have zero tolerance for violence in our political system and condemn this latest act of vandalism," Geoff Berman, executive director of the state Democratic Committee, said in a statement. "This type of divisiveness is repugnant to everything we believe as New Yorkers."
"That being said, Ed Cox and Marc Molinaro's rhetoric on this is wildly inappropriate," Berman said. "We need less hate and division – not more."
GOP officials said a complaint was filed at the 19th police precinct in Manhattan.
The New York City Police Department said the incident occurred between 1:40 and 1:55 a.m. on Friday morning, and was reported to police at 2:09 a.m.
According to a police report, two individuals in dark clothing broke two windows, put glue on keypads and door locks, and spray-painted the doors before fleeing on foot.
Officers responding to the scene found two bricks and the notes.
The Metropolitan Republican Club took to social media Friday and blamed the incident on the anti-fascist group Antifa, as did state party officials.
Several left-wing groups have targeted the East 83rd Street building for protests, in particular because Gavin McInnes, the controversial far right co-founder of Vice Media, is scheduled to speak at the club on Friday.
The note left at the building club chided members for inviting "a hipster-fascist clown to dance for them," and said the attack "is merely a beginning."
"We are not passive, we are not civil, and we will not apologize," the note said.
In a twitter post, New York City Antifa expressed support for the protest, but said "we're not the ones calling for the event."
In another tweet, the Metropolitan Anarchist Coordination Council called on a boycott of McInnes' scheduled appearance, and urged supporters to complain to the club.
Molinaro said the vandalism had caused damage to a building with historical significance, and to a club that was founded by Theodore Roosevelt founded in 1902.
"U.S. Presidents, Supreme Court justices, senators, congressman, and state officials have called 'The Met Club' home for more than 100 years," he said. "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."