Carnahan Confirms Powers Firebomb Story

Rep. Russ Carnahan confirmed that former staffer Chris Powers was the individual who “firebombed” his campaign office, not tea party activists as some in the local media had reported:

Congressman Russ Carnahan held a press conference confirming that the person St. Louis police arrested and released for last week’s firebombing of his campaign headquarters did in fact work for his re-election campaign.

Now that Carnahan has ended speculation, I expect to see a full apology from local “blogger” Chad Garrison apologizing to activists for the disparaging reporting as well as a full retraction for the falsehood that activists left a coffin in Carnahan’s yard during the spring, a story proven false by oh, facts and also Betsey Bruce’s reporting which showed, on camera, the coffin in the garage of one Bill Hennessy. I won’t hold my breath.

Previously:

*UPDATE: Carnahan “Firebombing” an Inside Job?

Prosecutor Lets Carnahan Firebomb Suspect Go?

*Carnahan says that Powers “failed to do his job.” True? Perhaps Powers will take to the Internet and clarify.

*UPDATE: Carnahan “Firebombing” an Inside Job?

Jim Hoft leads with the story that the Carnahan “firebombing?” The one about which I had many questions because it didn’t add up? It may have been an inside job.

The suspect was reportedly a disgruntled progressive activist employed by Russ Carnahan. An unnamed source familiar with the case released the information. Suspect Chris Powers reportedly was upset because he did not get paid so he firebombed the Carnahan finance offices at 2 in the morning.
What a complete shock.

Here’s alleged suspect and Chris Powers raising Cain at Carnahan’s infamous August 2009 townhall:

He’s said to also blog anonymously at Talking Points Memo and described himself as a former journalist. Sources say that Powers has allegedly denied the charges and that the FBI were/are involved. I really hope, for Powers’ sake, that it really is as a listener suggested: just a case of a Carnahan staffer having a bong mishap.

Did the Carnahan camp know this possible truth and consent by silence to the media’s attempt to trump this up as a tea party incident? If this is true, doesn’t this make the fourth incident in which people associated with the Carnahan campaign have run afoul of the law and have engaged in illegal behavior? Why didn’t the Russ Carnahan campaign correct the narrative of the local alternative weekly and Jake Wagman’s subtle suggestion that it was a tea partier? Because he’s in the campaign of his life and is desperate for anything, even the sympathy vote?

The alternative weekly’s heinously irresponsible “blogger” – who once admitted, in print, his inability to vet his posts because he lacked the skills to write ten posts a day and be accurate – and the daily’s Jake Wagman need to issue retractions and clarifications, respectively, and the Russ Carnahan campaign needs to issue an apology for allowing this charade to be pinned on the very people whom he seeks to represent.

Following this story and will update as it develops.

*Adam Sharp has video of his asking Rep. Carnahan about Chris Powers:

and more footage of the infamous August 2009 townhall.

*On further thought – if this is all true I hope Powers gets the help and assistance he needs to not be used in such a manner by a political campaign.

Palin Endorses Vicky Hartzler in MO-4

Excerpt:

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin threw her support behind Vicky Hartzler today in her bid to unseat veteran Congressman Ike Skelton.

“I am honored to receive Sarah Palin’s endorsement and to partner with her to fight for the future of our country,” said Hartzler. “I hope citizens who enthusiastically supported Sarah Palin in 2008 will get behind our campaign as we work to take 4th District conservative values to Washington.”

Hartzler is up against Ike “I Hate Town Halls” Skelton.

Prosecutor Lets Carnahan Firebomb Suspect Go?

Um, dude?

Police have released a man taken into custody Tuesday in connection with a firebombing at the campaign office of U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan.

The man, whose name was not made public, was let go after the prosecutor’s office declined to immediately issue charges. The case was “taken under advisement” by the prosecutor, a step that can mean more evidence is needed before a case can be made.

Does reporter Jake Wagman know what a “firebomb” is? From what I’ve seen of the carefully controlled photos in circulation, this looks nothing like the damage caused by such incendiary devices.

Jim Hoft has more.

Then there’s this report from KMOV Channel 4 reporter Mark Schnyder:

When I went by the building this morning I got a weird vibe.  I saw a campaign worker coming out of the back of the office with big Bread Company to-go bags.  I jokingly said, “Are you with Bread Company or the Carnahan campaign?”  He said, “Bread Company,” then tossed the bags in the dumpster and went to the front of the building, presumably back in the office.  Weird.

(I talked to a reporter at another station who worked on this story who told me when she was there, she met a campaign worker outside the building who also denied being associated with the campaign.  When she went inside to talk to a spokesperson, she saw that person who denied being with the campaign IN Carnahan’s office.)

OK, so now things seem a little … odd.

If this was the description of the incident

Firefighters responded after witnesses called about hearing broken glass and later smelling smoke at the office in the 7000 block of Chippewa Street in south St. Louis.

… that sounds infinity times more massive than what we see in the photos.

Who put out the fire? The fire department? Who reported the witness? Was he apprehended at home, where was he taken into custody? I wish we had these thing called journalists to report these facts.

Russ Carnahan may be a bad congressman, but he’s our bad congressman and if someone is bombing offices of elected officials in St. Louis then I want to see a federal investigation and that person shipped off to jail. No joke. In fact, I think an investigation is warranted considering it’s a FEDERAL OFFENSE to do such a thing to the office of an elected official.

Previously on this story

*Aimee writes: Either his staff spilled their bong and are trying to cover it up or his team is stupid enough to think they can bait James O’Keefe types to dig through his dumpster. Someone give them their own reality show.

Carnahan Office Firebombed (and Daily Misrepresents August ’09 Incident)

Rep. Russ Carnahan reports that his campaign office was firebombed and a suspect is in custody. Uncool.

From the daily:

Police have arrested a 50-year-old man in connection with what appears to be a firebombing that caused minor damage at the campaign headquarters of U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis.

Firefighters responded after witnesses called about hearing broken glass and later smelling smoke at the office in the 7000 block of Chippewa Street in south St. Louis.

Carnahan’s Republican contender condemned the attack. Excerpt from a press release:

“I was disheartened to hear reports tonight of a suspected arson attack at Congressman Carnahan’s campaign headquarters. While there is obviously a lot of angst and frustration among voters – violence is never the answer! We must all work together to establish a peaceful and prosperous political process. I’m glad to learn police already have a suspect in custody,” said congressional candidate Ed Martin.

The daily reports that a motive is not clear at this time. I’d like to hear what was. A sad story.

Sidenote: I take issue with this in Jake Wagman’s reporting:

Carnahan is weathering a tumultuous political environment. A year ago, several people were arrested at a Carnahan town hall forum after a fracas broke out between protesters and Carnahan supporters.

No. Protesters were harassed by people who identified themselves as Carnahan volunteers and people not even of the 3rd district, OFA bussed people in who were loud and disruptive at the meeting (I know, because they assumed me and the veteran who attended the townhall with me were with OFA and snuck us through the side door), and Carnahan supporters attacked a man they profiled as being a conservative. I and others have endless video and photographic footage of the evening. The “fracas” came from Carnahan supporters and there isn’t a police report or eyewitness that has stated otherwise. To report otherwise is disingenuous and the omission of the above implies that those targeted at the townhall contributed to the “fracas” and whether Wagman intended it or not, further implies that the “fracas” could be linked to the firebombing and that the perpetrator could be a tea partier. Also not cool.

Website Claims Robin Carnahan Supports TARP

A website has cropped up with audio of who they say is Robin Carnahan speaking enthusiastically of her support for TARP:

… new tapes have surfaced from Robin Carnahan’s July 29 fundraiser in Santa Fe, New Mexico, showing Robin Carnahan agreeing that TARP was “absolutely” necessary to prevent a worse financial problem.

Robin Carnahan previously told the Sedalia Democrat the emergency plan may have been necessary to stabilize the economy.