That was the title on one of the many emails I received over the weekend as knowledge that I had some tires slashed last week got around the internet. Many thanks to those who wrote and added their outrage to mine. I cannot prove who did the dirty deed but most everyone have come to the same conclusion as I.
Last Monday Barack Obama made an unscheduled stop in downtown Reading. I was unable to cover the event because of other appointments. I'm trying to continue covering our Congressional candidates, especially those in primaries, so I scheduled a guest blogging session with Mike Waltner. Following that I had an appointment with Major General Walter Stewart about why he has endorsed Barack Obama. These conflicted with the Obama event so I wasn't able to be there. Knowing this I gave the Obama campaign Kirk's cell phone number Sunday evening so he could be there in my place. He wasn't called so we couldn't cover the event.
I suppose someone got upset we weren't there. We cannot be everywhere. Because the presidential events aren't announced until shortly before they occur (security reasons folks) other plans have to be arranged regardless. Scheduling conflicts are going to happen, it cannot be helped. I'm sorry I missed that short stopover but the Congressional race in Erie is also important and the interview resulted in a positive article about Sen. Obama.
I stopped by the Reading Clinton office to do a favor for a friend who is trying to set up an event. It's just two blocks from where Barack Obama was a few hours before and I wasn't there long. I parked in the rear of the building where there are several secure (supposedly) spaces. It was after hours and as I returned to my car I think I interrupted the perpetrators. A young couple was standing next to my car. The right rear tire was down.
Because I was driving to Wilkes-Barre and Scranton Tuesday morning I took another vehicle. I didn't get the car to the tire store until Saturday afternoon where I discovered, as I suspected, it had been slashed. I suspect someone was angry I hadn't covered their candidate, fueled by this irrational hatred that's been directed towards me by a cadre of local Obama supporters. Even traveling around Pennsylvania, at my own expense, staying in hotels, eating bad food, paying $3.30 a gallon for gas and live blogging video clips of their candidate isn't enough to satisfy these lunatics. They've continued sending emails and leaving comments here calling me biased and accusing me of being paid to be a Hillary shrill by her campaign.
Nothing seems to satisfy these people and it seems I was targeted for vandalism because of the lies being spread by a local woman. I will not tolerate to be victimized by people who aren't happy that I am covering Barack Obama. They remain upset that I wasn't covering the Senator when I was unable to, when he wasn't doing public events and when I didn't have press credentials from his campaign. These supporters have shown they cannot be satisfied regardless of my efforts to cover their candidate.
I have notified the Obama campaign I will no longer cover their candidate. I will no longer publicize their events, write about their media calls and press releases or travel to cover their events. I will not reinforce bad behavior. If the result of my doing all of the above means some lunatic supporters vandalize my car then my coverage of their candidate ceases. There has to be accountability. There must be a consequence to their actions. They are sabotaging their own campaign.