Florence County GOP chair condemns vandalism at party office, calls for constructive campaigning

Florence County Republican Party headquarters vandalized

FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Workers came into the Florence County Republican Party office to a surprise on Sunday to find that the building was vandalized.

“It was some items I’m not going to repeat thrown up against the wall up here and some things taped on the wall with some vulgar language," said FCGOP Chairman Mike Page.

This isn’t the first time something like this has taken place in the Pee Dee. Last week, the Darlington County Democratic Party headquarters had its doors glued shut

While there was no structural damage to the Florence County GOP office, Page said this hasn’t happened before.

“No, not at all. I have not seen any type of direct vandalism. We had a campaign office in 2016 right down the road and none of this happened,” said Page.

On Tuesday, voters will head to the polls to cast their vote in several local and national races, and Page said the country is divided over this election.

Despite that, he believes people need to respect one another rather than resort to vandalism.

“We don’t need to get in anybody’s face, we don’t need to throw anything at anybody. We need to have an exchange and marketplace of ideas and be civil towards one another," said Page.

While people may disagree on political issues or candidates, Page said there’s a place for voters to share their disagreements.

“If we’re going to have any disagreements let’s just show it up at the ballot box," said Page.

Page made a Facebook post about the vandalism. The post went on to condemn the vandalism, calling for constructive campaigning “instead of revealing a mean and hateful spirit” with the 2020 general election just one day away.

You can read Page’s post in its entirety below:

It’s with a sad thought and heavy heart that I feel I should let you all know that last evening the Florence County Republican Party Campaign headquarters was vandalized with vulgar items and words. This kind of behavior we have seen around our nation but never expected to see this in our own backyard. We are very divided right now as a nation but what we can do to positively impact that locally is to not let anything divide us or allow anyone to derail us from the good things that have come from the Florence County Republican Party and our home, the FCGOP headquarters. All of us here within the local party condemn this kind of behavior and we pledge to channel any and all passion and energy towards constructive campaigning instead of revealing a mean and hateful spirit these last few precious days before the election. God bless those who have stood with us and God bless America.
Chairman Mike Page, Florence County Republican Party

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