The Republican party of North Carolina tweeted images of a field office in the central part of the state that was allegedly firebombed today.  In a statement, Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina said, “The firebombing of a local political headquarters in Orange County is clearly an attack on our democracy. Violence has no place in our society - but especially in our elections. Fortunately no one was injured; however, I will use every resource as governor to assist local authorities in this investigation.”
Law enforcement sources say that a so-far-unidentified person or persons threw a bottle of flammable liquid through a window of the building housing a local party field office in Hillsborough, which is a town located between Raleigh and Greensboro. 
The incident occurred at some time on the night of October 15. The state party tweeted, “Last night the Orange County Republican Party in NC was viciously firebombed.” The Charlotte Observer noted that a Republican official labeled the act of arson as an act of “political terrorism.” Donald Trump condemned the "animals"  who perpetrated the bombing "because we are winning."
Orange County is home to the University of North Carolina, where Democrats and Independents outnumber Republicans 5 to 1.
Photographs taken at the scene and police reports show the phrase, “Nazi Republicans get out of town or else,” was smeared with paint on a building next door. According to Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the Republican Party of North Carolina, the building is a total loss.
“Whether you are Republican, Democrat, or Independent, all Americans should be outraged by this hate-filled and violent attack against our democracy,” Woodhouse declare. “Whether the bomb was meant to kill, destroy property, or intimidate voters, everyone in this country should be free to express their political viewpoints without fear for their own safety.” He said that his party will not be detered by this "hate crime."
Mayor Tom Stevens of Hillsborough said in a statement that this “highly disturbing act goes far beyond vandalizing property.” Stevens said, according to the Charlotte Observer, “[I]t willfully threatens our community’s safety via fire, and its hateful message undermines decency, respect and integrity in civic participation.” Stevens added, “I believe I speak for the overwhelming majority of people … Acts like this have no place in our community.”
Woodhouse said that Republicans will request a bolstering of security at all party offices and events from now through Election Day to ensure the safety of volunteers, activists and supporters.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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