The Washington Times - August 26, 2010, 12:46PM

A Republican campaign headquarters on Maryland’s Eastern Shore was damaged this week by a bullet that shattered a glass door.

The office is in the state’s Wicomico County and 1st District, where GOP candidate Andy Harris is in a close race to unseat first-term Democratic incumbent Rep. Frank Kratovil.


The attack appears to be an act of vandalism, according to the Salisbury (Md.) Police Department.

“This is angering,” Ed Nelson, a Harris campaign worker, told the local Daily Times newspaper. “But it just makes me more firm in my resolve. We’re Americans. We’re not going to be intimidated.”

John Bartkovich, chairman of the Wicomico County Central Committee, said the vandalism appears politically motivated, considering none of the neighboring businesses in the shopping complex was damaged.

Mark McIver, the county coordinator for GOP gubernatorial candidate Robert L. Ehrlich’s campaign, said there’s no evidence the vandal or vandals entered the building. 

Mr. Ehrlich is essentially tied with Democratic incumbent Gov. Martin O’Malley in a rematch of their 2006 contest.

Officials at the campaign headquarters plan to hold an event Saturday to show the vandalism hasn’t dampened the spirits of the GOP, Mr. Nelson said. 

The theme is “we will not be intimidated,” he said.