Breaking: Denver Vandal Worked for Dem Politician– Was Arrested at RNC Convention! …Update: Maurice is Really Ariel
(Updated & Bumped)
The young vandal who smashed windows at the DNC headquarters in Denver on Tuesday worked for a democratic politician, was paid by a SEIU-related front group, and was arrested at the RNC convention last year in St. Paul.
Schwenkler was jailed at 2 AM on the last day of the RNC in St. Paul.
He also canvassed for democrats in 2008 and was bankrolled by the Colorado Citizens’ Coalition, a political 527 committee funded by the SEIU, labor groups and wealthy liberals.
The Peoples Press Collective is on top of the latest developments.
Schwenkler has worked for Democratic causes. (Denver Police Department )funded by labor groups
The AP reported:
A suspect in a vandalism at the Colorado Democratic headquarters was once a paid campaign worker for a Democratic candidate for the Legislature, according to public records.
Maurice Schwenkler, 24, was arrested in Denver Tuesday on a charge of criminal mischief after windows were smashed at Democratic offices. Many of the windows displayed posters supporting health care reform, and (democratic) party officials called it political vandalism.
The Denver Post reported Wednesday that Schwenkler was also arrested in St. Paul, Minn., on the last day of the 2008 Republican convention on a charge of unlawful assembly.
No details of that arrest or Schwenkler’s activities at the time were immediately available.
There was no phone number listed for Schwenkler and it wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney.
The Post reported Schwenkler was paid $500 in November 2008 to walk door to door in support of Democrat Mollie Cullom, a candidate for the state House from Centennial.
Cullom lost to Republican David Balmer.
Campaign records show Schwenkler was among dozens of canvassers paid by a political committee called the Colorado Citizens’ Coalition.
Balmer said he suspects the vandalism might have been intended to make the Republican Party look bad.
“This sounds like the type of Democratic tactic from the left fringe trying to make Republicans look mean-spirited,” Balmer said. “In this case, it blew up in their face.”
The Democratic Party estimates the damage at $10,000. A second suspect was still at large.
UPDATE: Via Peoples Press Collective.
The vandal is really a girl:
The suspect arrested Tuesday morning on charges of smashing 11 windows at the state Democratic Party headquarters is a transgendered “Denver-based anarchist” who goes by the name “Ariel Attack,” according to postings on numerous anarchist and radical gay-rights websites. A fundraising plea circulated by the self-described “radical queer group” Denver Bash Back! seeks donations to raise the $5,000 bail set for 24-year-old Maurice Schwenkler, who is “listed in the jail records and media under her birth name.”