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Windows Smashed at New Haven Campaign Headquarters



    The New Haven campaign office of Toni Harp was apparently struck by vandals over the weekend. (Published Monday, July 22, 2013)

    New Haven police are looking into a report of vandalism at the campaign headquarters of mayoral candidate Toni Harp.

    Two windows at Harp's Whalley Avenue office were smashed sometime late Friday or early Saturday.

    "I was just walking up the sidewalk here and I saw the shattered glass on the sidewalk and I knew something had happened and I walked in I saw both windows were basically punched out," Harp's campaign manager, Jason Bartlett, said.

    One of the windows had Harp's picture in it.

    "You can clearly see someone came and just smashed her face," Bartlett said.

    The vandalism was disconcerting, he said, but did not disrupt the Democrat's campaign.

    The campaign staff does not know if the vandalism is personal.

    "Whether they were knuckleheads that wanted to do vandalism or just wanted to intimidate Toni Harp in some kind of way," Bartlett said.

    The windows have been boarded up and workers won't be able to replace them for about 10 days, the New Haven Register reports.

    "We just have to move forward and we can't let obstacles get in our way," Bartlett said.

    No arrests have been made. Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call New Haven police.

    Harp, who has served in the state Senate for 20 years, is one of several candidates running to replace Mayor John DeStefano Jr., who has chosen not to run for re-election.

    The matoral campaign for Kerm Carolina issued a statement, which says, in part:

    "The Carolina campaign believes strongly that a healthy respect for public and private property is important. Those who commit crimes against property should be held accountable for their actions.  As such, we are hopeful that the New Haven Police Department will apprehend and charge whoever is responsible.  Fortunately no one was injured when this ridiculous act took place."

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