The Albany County Republican Party headquarters was vandalized and set on fire
On Tuesday the Albany County Republican Party headquarters had its grand opening. Just 48 hours later the owners get a call that their building had not only been vandalized, but set on fire. Chairman for the Albany County Republican Party says this is the kind of stuff you see on the news but in bigger cities.
"It's heartbreaking to think that we have gotten to the point where even in a small town and peaceful community like Laramie that this kind of thing can happen, simply because of political differences."
Burn marks on the walls, torched furniture, soot covered floors, and shards of glass are the remnants of what investigators are calling a potential arson. There were no injuries reported in the incident, even though a resident resides above the building in a small apartment.
The call was made to authorities around 3:30 Thursday morning. It is reported that the call was made by a witness who was getting money out of the ATM from First Interstate Bank . An estimated cost on the damages is still unknown but from the ash burned walls was a symbol of our American freedom. The flag of the United States hung completely untouched from the smoke and flames.
Chairman McKay wants those who are responsible to come forward.
"Turn yourself in, we all make mistakes and this is obviously a much bigger mistake than most people make. Lives were put in danger and property was damaged."
The Albany County Republican Party has several events scheduled but McKay went on to say that he will not let this disrupt the political process.