Police aren’t releasing the man’s name until charges are officially filed. No motive was given for the attack, though one could suspect that the perpetrator is not a fan of the congressman. Given what we know of him — 50, white, angry — he certainly fits the demographics of a Tea Party member.
It turns out that, no, the perpetrator was not a “Tea Party member”. But the perp may “certainly fit” the political persuasion of the writer of that piece, Chad Garrison of the RFT.
Gateway Pundit reports that things got “really weird” after the bombing made the news:
The police released the suspect and the Carnahan camp went silent. Carnahan employees were seen dumping documents into a dumpster but refused to to talk to reporters. There was a complete blackout on information.
Now we know why.
The suspect was reportedly a disgruntled progressive activist employed by Russ Carnahan. An unnamed source familiar with the case released the information. Suspect Chris Powers reportedly was upset because he did not get paid so he firebombed the Carnahan finance offices at 2 in the morning.
What a complete shock.
Chris Powers is also a TPM blogger under the name Ripper McCord.
He has been active in the progressive movement for years.
Dana Loesch has some excellent questions, if this report turns out to be true:
Did the Carnahan camp know this possible truth and consent by silence to the media’s attempt to trump this up as a tea party incident? If this is true, doesn’t this make the fourth incident in which people associated with the Carnahan campaign have run afoul of the law and have engaged in illegal behavior? Why didn’t the Russ Carnahan campaign correct the narrative of the local alternative weekly and Jake Wagman’s subtle suggestion that it was a tea partier? Because he’s in the campaign of his life and is desperate for anything, even the sympathy vote?
The alternative weekly’s heinously irresponsible “blogger” – who once admitted, in print, his inability to vet his posts because he lacked the skills to write ten posts a day and be accurate – and the daily’s Jake Wagman need to issue retractions and clarifications, respectively, and the Russ Carnahan campaign needs to issue an apology for allowing this charade to be pinned on the very people whom he seeks to represent.
See The Dana Show for videos of Powers in action at the infamous McCaskill townhall, last summer, where he harassed tea party activists, and called them “morons” for opposing government run health care.
Michelle Malkin was reminded of another vandalism attack that was blamed on tea partiers.
Since opponents of the the left tend to be peaceful, law-abiding citizens, lefties often resort to perpetrating hoaxes.
Or keeping quiet in the midst of false accusations even when they know the truth.
Moe Lane, Red State: Carnahan firebombing an internal attack?