Southold Democrats Offering $1,000 Reward to Find Obama Car Vandal

Committee Chairman says spray paint vandalism is 'new low' in attacks on Democratic candidates.

Southold Town Democratic Committee Chairman Arthur Tillman said that the committee is offering $1,000 to anyone who can tell Southold Town Police who is responsible for the vandalization of the car of Democratic committee woman Sally Kahn.

Kahn reported to police on Oct. 23 that someone had vandalized her Honda Accord with black spray paint, covering up Obama and Bishop political bumper stickers. The car was parked in her driveway on North Bayview Road while she was away from home Sunday and Monday, when she told police she believes the vandalism occurred.

"This is new low in attacks on Democrats and their candidates," Tillman said. "The vandalism is politically motivated and is an attempt to stifle opposition and free speech. The Southold Democratic Party takes this crime with the utmost seriousness."

Call Southold Town Police at 631-765-2600 with any information.

Have you experienced any vandalism you feel is politically motivated? Tell us in the comment boxes below.

knowitall October 25, 2012 at 02:35 PM
They did it themselves to create controversy. Really.
Erin Schultz (Editor) October 25, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Carol Horowitz Taddonio said on Facebook: "only a republican would do such a deplorable thing!! buy yourself some class republicans!!"
Erin Schultz (Editor) October 25, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Lori Schroder said on Facebook: "What happened to freedom of speech in this country? I guess it's only in play when it's for the republicans and no one else."
Tom October 25, 2012 at 04:56 PM
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Tillman, do you actually READ the campaign finance rules? Do you realize that you are not even ALLOWED to spend $1000 of the Southold Democrats money on rewards? Do you have ANY clue what you are doing? This is completely, absolutely, and without a fragment or figment of a doubt an illegal use of campaign funds. You can't do it pal. Campaign finance laws can be so pesky, can't they. Someone give that guy the "Town Leaders" handbook, will ya? Nice PR you'll get out of it though... albeit PR aimed at the completely clueless and unknowing.
charliez October 25, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Funny how the Dems get so indignant when such tactics are used against them. You know, the kind of tactics that the Dems always call "Civil Disobedience" when they have to justify when they get caught using violence and vandalism to make a point. Or maybe Mr. Tillman is trying to make political hay from something that's nothing more than mischievous kids (politically correct tongue planted firmly in cheek here) defacing private property? What's next- we're being invaded by anarchists?
Linda Marie Mysliborski October 25, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Hmm maybe I should report the person who felt the need to take my republican bumper stickers and left a nasty note on my car that stated what an awful person I am for my political choices!
Ole Grouch October 26, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Hey genius-- You know for a fact this is coming from "campaign funds"? (I know for a fact it isn't.)
Ole Grouch October 26, 2012 at 04:43 AM
If someone keyed your car, would it be nothing more than "mischievous kids"? Property damage occurred here, and it's criminal. BTW, when was the last time a Democrat caused property damage in a political campaign?
Tom October 26, 2012 at 10:07 AM
In fact it is true. Campaign funds can be used for charity projects, legal, travel, meal, mailing/advertising, moving, gifts/donations, or other "legitimate and verifiable" campaign expenses. Since this is not an expense of the campaign, and is not a legal fee, it is unavailable fo use under campaign finance regulations. The only possibility is if there were a charity set up to assist Ms. Kahn, at which point a donation could be made. But not a Reward. I know these things also. If you have an example of campaign funds being legally used for reward payment on a criminal activity, in NY, please give the example.
charliez October 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Here's an example: http://michellemalkin.com/2010/08/25/not-again-another-act-of-democrat-vandalism-falsely-blamed-on-tea-party/
Diane Dinnigan October 26, 2012 at 04:26 PM
The comments demonstrate the thinking and motivation behind the vandalism. Very classy.
John Kramer October 26, 2012 at 04:57 PM
I would like to be added to the reward fund victim list. Someone stole my lawn sign! It said " No Mo Bama" Can't say for sure it was those damn Republicans though,
Peggy Richards October 26, 2012 at 10:30 PM
you don't know Sally to even suggest such a thing.
Ole Grouch October 27, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Yo, Tom... I never said using campaign funds for this reward is legal. I said no campaign funds are being used for the reward-- surprisingly enough, there are other sources of money for this.
Ole Grouch October 27, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Yo, Charliez... So the best you can do is find two old cases-- one of a notorious nutball and another of a pissed off ex-employee? If it were a real problem, Malkin would be all over it, but this is all she could dig up. And, none of this relates to the current case-- some nut trashing an office halfway across the country does not justify damaging a car here. Don't even try to play the "But he did it too..." game.
Joan November 06, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Clearly you DON'T know it all… or anything at all for that matter.
Joan November 06, 2012 at 12:22 AM
I think that YOU did it Tom. You certainly sound hateful enough and we must suppose that you're a Republican as well as you don't present any facts in your argument.
Joan November 06, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Exactly Diane. I concur.
Ellen Wexler February 13, 2013 at 08:47 PM
We had all four tires on our car slashed with a knife in a parking lot in Southold a year ago at 6 pm. This was over $500 damage. We were the only car with Obama and other Dem. bumper stickers. The tire repair place said he had seen others vandalized in the town.


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