Texas House Republican’s district office vandalized by ‘anti-Israel activists’

Rep. John Carter’s (R-TX) district office in Georgetown, Texas, was vandalized by “anti-Israel activists” on Monday morning, but the congressman said they were ultimately “unsuccessful” in intimidating him.

A spokesperson for Carter’s office said that around 8:30 a.m., staff arrived at the district office to find “a disturbing act of vandalism” after activists splattered red paint over the door. The words “Free Gaza” were written on the concrete leading up to the entrance, as well.

“Ironically enough, our staff was scheduled for a safety briefing with [U.S. Capitol Police], so they arrived shortly after staff,” the spokesperson said. “Local police were called, and a report was filed. There is an active investigation.”

The Georgetown Police Department said in a press release that Carter’s office estimated the cost of the damages to be around $2,000. The police classified the act as Criminal Mischief, which is a Class A misdemeanor.

Vandalism at Rep. John Carter’s (R-TX) Texas district office as seen on Monday, April 22, 2024. (Georgetown Police Department)

Carter called the activists “unhinged” but “unsuccessful” in a statement to the Washington Examiner.

“They aimed to intimidate me and my staff, and I want to make it very clear that they were unsuccessful,” Carter said. “I stand unequivocally with Israel. This isn’t free speech, it’s a crime, and down here in Texas, we hold criminals accountable. Whoever did this will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. I appreciate Georgetown Police Department and U.S. Capitol Police for their assistance and quick response to this incident.”

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Carter is the latest member of Congress to have their office or home vandalized or met with protesters who are calling for a ceasefire in the war between Israel and Gaza. Rep. Adam Smith’s (D-WA) home in Washington state was vandalized in December last year.

Staffers for Rep. Dan Goldman (D-NY), who is Jewish, said the New York City office was defaced in November with pro-Palestinian slogans, including “BLOOD ON UR HANDS.” Sen. Martin Heinrich’s (D-NM) office was also spray painted with phrases like “HEINRICH STOP THE GENOCIDE” and “FREE PALESTINE” on the windows and doors.

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