On Tuesday morning, staff for the Republican’s campaign arrived in the storefront office at Deon Square in Bristol Township’s Fairless Hills section to find cardboard taped over the entrance. The cardboard was drawn to look like a brick wall and featured a photo of Stephen Miller, an advisor to President Donald Trump; the “Apes Strong Together” saying from the Planet of the Apes film franchise; “perestroika,” a term coined to represent how the Soviet Union would restructure government and the economy; “Walls R Dum; and several images.
Bristol Township police were called to the office to take a report.
Dave Johnston, Fitzpatrick’s campaign manager, said there was no place for the vandalism in the congressional campaign, adding that the “good people” of the First Congressional District don’t condone vandalism.
“Every candidate is here to make the best case for Congress,” he said.
Zoe Wilson-Meyer, the spokesperson for Democrat Scott Wallace’s campaign, said they do not condone vandalism.
The cardboard pieces taped to the front of the campaign office did not cause any serious damage, Johnston said.
Images of the person behind the message left at the campaign office were likely caught on shopping center surveillance video, which had been turned over to police, Johnston said.
Johnson said the congressman was in Washington D.C. and was made aware of the vandalism. He reportedly said he was “dismayed” by the act.
On Monday, a naked babydoll wrapped in chickenwire was left at the campaign office, but there is no confirmed connection between the two incidents.
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The incident at the Fitzpatrick office is not the first act this campaign season that may have run afoul of the law. Leading up to the Democratic primary, black and white signs that said “Silver spoon Scott Wallace has never voted in Bucks County” popped up from Quakertown to Bristol Township. The signs, which still remain scattered around the county, do not list who paid for them, an apparent violation of state law.