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GOP opens new Orange office near firebombed site

Posted November 2

— The North Carolina Republican Party opened a new office in Hillsborough on Wednesday, more than two weeks after its nearby office was firebombed.

Authorities said a flammable device was thrown through a window at the old office on Oct. 15, and graffiti was spray-painted on the building. No one was injured in the attack, and no arrests have been made.

The GOP has doubled a $5,000 reward Gov. Pat McCrory offered for information leading to an arrest.

"Somebody knows who firebombed our office. Somebody knows whom and somebody knows why," said Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the state Republican Party.

Leaders in both major political parties condemned the attack as a threat to democracy, and Democrats and independents helped raise money to help the GOP find a new office.

A charred American flag hangs inside the new office as a reminder to volunteers, who received sample ballots and canvassing instructions as the GOP continues its get-out-the-vote effort in the final days before the election. The party also installed five security cameras inside and outside the office.

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  • Mike Berthold Nov 2, 3:14 p.m.
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    Thanks for the civil comment. It is unfortunate that there are so many that can't even try to be civil anymore. Officially changed my registration from Republican to Independent because I can no longer be a backer to many of the GOP members because of comments they are making. If they would actually focus on their core policies rather than garbage, it wouldn't have been an issue.

  • Linda Tally Nov 2, 9:58 a.m.
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    Truly glad to see this happening, and the reopening about to take place. I don't support any GOP candidate this time around, but the headquarters needs to be functioning for the good of us all.