GOP Rep Slams Office Break-In as 'Attack on Democracy'

But police say no sign of forced entry

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 24, 2012 8:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – The campaign office of Michael Grimm, a Republican congressman from Staten Island, has suffered a break-in, with the windows smashed by cinderblocks and computer hard drives erased, Politico reports. Grimm claims the attack was "politically motivated. This is an attack against a federal campaign office, which is an attack on our democracy as a whole." His computers, with polling data and voter ID materials, had recently been backed up. But in a puzzling twist, police are apparently skeptical about Grimm's take on the case: They're investigating the matter as criminal mischief rather than burglary, the New York Daily News reports, saying they found no indication of forced entry.

In this May 9, 2012 file photo, Rep. Michael Grimm, R-NY, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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