FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 7, 2012
CONTACT: Joe Giardiello
Giffords Assassination Attempt Weighs Heavily On Everyone’s Mind
(Tempe AZ) The home of U.S. congressional candidate Wendy Rogers was vandalized during the night of March 3, 2012, within 12 hours after the candidate had sent out her first major email announcement of her campaign.
The Tempe Police Department began an investigation into the crime. (Please see right-column photo from March 4, 2012.) Police recommended they investigate because of the coincidental timing of this attack with Rogers’ campaign announcement amid the backdrop of recent history of political violence in Arizona.
“If someone wants to attack Wendy Rogers’ views on the issues, we say bring it on,” commented campaign manager Martin Mastro. “Wendy spent 20 years active duty serving her county in the United States Air Force and I can guarantee she can take whatever someone can dish out. But coming onto her family’s property to vandalize her home to send a message is completely outrageous and unlawful.”
Recent violence against political officials in Arizona is giving many observers reason to take notice of this crime.
“I have been around campaigns for two decades,” said campaign official Joe Giardiello. “I thought I had seen it all. But attacking a candidate’s home and family is something we would expect in a third-world dictatorship.” He continued, “The hatred and anger already coming from the Left because of Wendy’s unwavering commitment is downright frightening. In light of recent events in Arizona, we can’t be too careful.”
Within hours of the Rogers Campaign announcement, the intolerant blog comments began spewing forth in full force.
DeepThought claimed Rogers was “Running as the most extreme Republican.”
Someone going by the name of “Camry” stated military pilots like Wendy Rogers “tended to be half-crazed out of the cockpit.”
Another poster called her a “token candidate”, presumably because she was one of the first 100 women pilots in the Air Force and the only woman in the CD9 race.
To someone going by the handle of AZNativeMod, Wendy Rogers is a “lunatic.”
The vitriol and invective directed at Rogers goes back to her bicycling-door-to-door campaign for State Senate in 2010.
Back then, on the blog Hip Hop Activist, her election was called “unthinkable” and it said she was “extreme.”
Blog for Arizona sneered the Rogers is the “rightest of the right.”
Another poster, fancying himself as “Deep Thinker” said Rogers had a “right wing Big Brother approach to government [sic]. Rogers should scare most folks….”