State Republican headquarters tagged with "Nazi" vandalism

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Republican Party is calling on the state’s Democratic Congressional delegation to speak out against an incident in which someone sprayed “Nazis” inside a hand-drawn heart on its headquarters.

The vandalism on the rear wall of the building happened overnight Wednesday and was discovered early Thursday when staff came to open the office, party adviser Patrick Hynes said. Staffers attempted to wash away the word off, but it was clearly visible. A window also was broken, but there was no interior damage and the building wasn’t broken into.

The party filed a report with Concord police, who have no suspects Hynes said. This isn’t the first time the headquarters has been vandalized, he said. Someone threw rotten food at its front door in 2014 and, before that, wrote “Health Care For All” near the spot of the latest incident.

“It’s malcontents who obviously don’t represent the majority of the public in New Hampshire,” said Hynes, noting a recent Granite State Poll found 62 percent of residents support Republican Gov. Chris Sununu. “They are fringe elements.”

The incident comes several days after a demonstration by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. The demonstration turned violent and left a counterprotester dead. New Hampshire’s top elected Republicans and Democrats have criticized the white supremacists as well as President Donald Trump’s comments equating them with the counterprotesters.

Hynes also called on the state’s Democratic congressional delegation to speak out on the vandalism. He said the Republican Party has not heard from any Democrats regarding the incident.

“What I would really like to see is our federal delegation denounce it and denounce with the same urgency they have denounced other national news stories,” Hynes said. “This is totally inappropriate in a political environment to have this kind of stuff happen - destruction of personal property, threats of violence.”