A 24-year-old arrested this morning on suspicion of smashing 11 windows at Colorado Democratic Party headquarters tried to conceal his identity while allegedly committing the crime, according to police descriptions.So who is this guy who tried to conceal his identity while perpetrating his vandalism? No doubt some whacked out, right wing extremist tea-party nutcase, right?
The broken glass hadn't even found its resting place on the floor of the Denver Democrat Party Headquarters before convenient, self-righteous bony fingers of indignation were pointing at TEA Party revelers:
While Schwenkler does not appear in the state's voter registration database, a person by that name in November 2008 received $500 from a political 527 committee called Colorado Citizens Coalition for "communications," according to campaign finance disclosures.
The accountant for the 527 appears to be the same woman who handles the books for many other Democratic-leaning political committees.
A Maurice Schwenkler also signed an online 2005 petition to free anti-war Christian protesters who were captured in Iraq.
No doubt Waak wasn't counting on the hired help being caught in the act, and so soon..
State Democratic Party Chairwoman Pat Waak initially blamed the vandalism on animosity surrounding the health care debate, though Denver police declined to comment on possible motives.
The shattered windows were emblazoned with posters touting President Barack Obama and the Democratic position on health care reform.
The other storefronts surrounding the building on West Eighth Avenue and Santa Fe Drive in downtown Denver's art district were untouched. But the Democratic posters are scuffed from hammer blows, Waak said.
"We ought to be having a serious, conscientious debate about what's best for the country," Waak said. "Clearly there's been an effort on the other side to stir up hate. I think this is the consequence of it."
An officer on patrol spotted vandals in the act around 2:20 a.m. and took Schwenkler into custody after a short chase, Denver police spokeswoman Vicki Ferrari said.So, I see that the dems are not above hiring agents provacateurs to foment angst and hate among their ranks.
Yet, somehow, that does not surprise me in the least.
I think I see the ghost of Saul Alinsky in this story somewhere.