You know it’s an off year when their bloggers and staffers start chucking the Molotov cocktails.
Don’t expect this to get too much play in the state-run media.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch finally decided to investigate this firebombing at Congressman Russ Carnahan’s office. They discovered that the suspect, a Carnahan staffer, threw a Molotov cocktail into Carnahan’s office to start the fire.
When Leftie Bloggers Attack…
Dem operative, Russ Carnahan staffer, TPM blogger and suspected firebomber Chris Powers is the sweaty one pictured here on right during a rally for nationalized health care. Powers reportedly
is was a disgruntled canvasser for Russ Carnahan. Last week he chucked a Molotov cocktail into his office at 2 AM in the morning.
The P-D reported:
The fire at U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan’s campaign office was caused by a Molotov cocktail, according to a police report.
The booking info for the ex-campaign worker suspected in the attack was released by the Police Department on Thursday, after an open records request from the Post-Dispatch.
The newspaper is not divulging the man’s name because he has not been formally charged.
A conservative blog, however, did release the man’s name earlier in the week, prompting Carnahan to call a news conference Wednesday confirming the man identified by the blog had worked as a canvasser for his campaign, but was later fired.
According to the police report, the man, 50 years old, was arrested on suspicion of arson, a felony, and unlawful possession of an explosive device, also a felony.
His occupation is listed as “campaign worker” and employer as “Russ Carnahan.”
The report says the man was suspected of throwing a “Molotov incendiary device through the rear of business.” The firebomb was launched through a back window of Carnahan’s campaign office on Chippewa Street.
Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to one room — a back office where the campaign runs its finance operations. The man was arrested Aug. 17, hours after the pre-dawn blaze, and was released the next day after the circuit attorney’s office declined to issue charges immediately.
Notice how they skipped the name of this blog in their report?
Dan Riehl has more: “You know, if TPM bloggers keep playing with Molotov cocktails, Eric Boehlert and Media Mutters might get vwery upset with them. We can assume that the St Louis Dispatch filed their open records request thanks to the blogger they failed to name.”
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Related… They’re firing shots at the GOP offices now.