- Associated Press - Thursday, February 13, 2020

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A former congressional intern for Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham when she was a U.S. congresswoman was arrested Wednesday in connection with vandalism at the headquarters of the Republican Party of New Mexico.

Cameron Chase McCall was detained and charged with criminal damage to property after authorities compared video footage of the vandalism with a photo of him on his Facebook page, court documents said.

The footage showed the man on Saturday morning spray-paint “still traitors” on the building. A criminal complaint said investigators compared the video footage with McCall’s Facebook page after the Republican Party received an anonymous tip.

Lujan Grisham spokesman Tripp Stelnicki confirmed that McCall was a congressional intern for Lujan Grisham when she was a member of the U.S. House. Stelnicki condemned the vandalism.

“It’s flatly unacceptable behavior,” Stelnicki said. “The suspect was an intern in her Congressional office…that fact amplifies her already extreme disappointment in what took place. There is no space for this kind of juvenile nonsense in our politics.”



McCall’s attorney, Alexandra W. Jones, did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

The Republican Party of New Mexico declined to comment. Officials estimate the damage at around$2,500 to $4,000.

In March 2019, the state GOP headquarters was hit by a vandal who spray-painted the word “traitors” on the building. In July 2017, two activists from the radical left group Betsy Riot spray-painted an “A” on the headquarter’s sign.

The previous vandalism prompted to Republican officials to install security cameras on the building.

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