UPDATE: Louisville Democratic Party issues statement after headquarters vandalized

LMPD investigating graffiti on Jefferson Co. Democratic Headquarters
Police haven't tracked down who's responsible for spray painting phrases like this one, focused on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.
Police haven't tracked down who's responsible for spray painting phrases like this one, focused on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - LMPD is working to track down who’s behind controversial comments spray painted onto the side of the Louisville Democratic Party headquarters.

Officers responded to the building on Durrett Lane in Camp Taylor around 10 a.m. Sunday morning.

On scene, officials found several incidents of graffiti. The vandals sprayed phrases like “witch hunt” and “racist AOC" on the building, the latter referring to democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of New York.

A power washer removed the graffiti on the building hours after it was discovered.
A power washer removed the graffiti on the building hours after it was discovered. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

The vice chair of the Louisville Democratic Party, Virginia Woodward, said it’s happened once before. They don’t know if it was the same vandals but they are beginning to feel targeted.

“This is indicative of folks that don’t want to sit down with someone who doesn’t agree and debate issues,” Woodward said. “They want to use the dead of night to vandalize someone else’s building.”

The Republican Party of Kentucky responded to the strike early Sunday evening with this statement:

“We condemn vandalism - it is never acceptable. While rhetoric and tensions may run high, especially in an election year, there are far more constructive ways for people to express their views.”
Republican Party of Kentucky spokesman Mike Lonergan

But Republicans aren’t immune from the political graffiti. Just two weeks ago a billboard targeting President Trump appeared over I-65 North near the Expo Center.

“We’ve never seen this kind of rhetoric, this type of intense emotion, this type of almost tribal blind loyalty to a party and you’re seeing it in the vandalism around town,” Democratic Senator Morgan McGarvey said.

Magarvey said this is representative of a larger issue in the city and around the country.

“This doesn’t help anybody no matter what side of the political aisle you’re on,” McGarvey said.

Louisville Democratic Party representatives issued the following statement Sunday afternoon:

“This kind of hate filled graffiti is an unfortunate symptom of today’s environment where folks won’t come together for honest debate and discourse. Free speech is about buying a billboard with your opinions, not vandalizing a building with graffiti.”
We are not intimidated by this act and it only serves to strengthen our resolve in standing up for true democracy. We encourage all Democrats to become more involved in our election process. We appreciate everyone reaching out to us from across the community and the country standing in solidarity with the Louisville Democratic Party."
Louisville Democratic Party

Democratic Headquarters said police are looking into the matter and reviewing surveillance footage.

No arrests have been made in connection with the vandalism.

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