Assailant Carves 'B' Onto McCain Backer's Cheek

Robbery turns brutal over bumper sticker
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2008 6:40 PM CDT
A file photo of an ATM machine.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – An assault on a Pittsburgh woman at an ATM machine took a brutal turn last night over her political affiliation, the Tribune-Review reports. A knife-wielding assailant robbed the 20-year-old woman of $60, then became angry when he saw a McCain bumper sticker on her car, police say. After punching and kicking the woman, the assailant carved the letter "B" onto her cheek.

"He continued to kick and punch her repeatedly and said he would teach her a lesson for supporting John McCain," said the local police chief. The woman was in town volunteering for the McCain campaign, and both John McCain and Sarah Palin spoke to her and her family today, a spokesman said.