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Dearborn office of Rep. Debbie Dingell vandalized

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) during a press conference to discuss the auto safety provisions included in the INVEST In America Act on June 30, 2021.
Julia Nikhinson

The Dearborn office of Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) was “broken into and vandalized” on Monday, according to a statement by the lawmaker’s spokeswoman, Mackenzie Smith.

Smith said the Dearborn Police Department responded “immediately after notification” and that U.S. Capitol Police were helping with an investigation into the incident.

The office will remain closed during the investigation. Staffers were not in the building at the time of the vandalism as a result of a previous fire in the building. 

A window in the office was broken and memorabilia was smashed, according to the Detroit Free Press

“I was just beginning to feel comfortable again,” Dingell said to the Free Press, adding that she thought the vandalism took place at her office earlier on Monday, as someone had been there on Friday and everything was in place at that time.   

Dingell has used the Dearborn office since her 2014 election, and the space was previously used by her late husband, Rep. John Dingell (D), the Free Press reported.

The incident comes after Dingell was part of a group of Democratic lawmakers that urged House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to take action against Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) who tweeted a video suggesting violence against against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and President Biden

“In any other job in America, if a coworker made a video killing another coworker, that person would be fired,” Dingell, along with Democratic Reps. Matt Cartwright (Pa.), Ted Lieu (Calif.) and Joe Neguse (Colo.), said in a statement at the time. 

Tags Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Debbie Dingell Joe Biden Joe Neguse John Dingell Kevin McCarthy Matt Cartwright Paul Gosar Ted Lieu
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