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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The campaign manager for a congressional hopeful in northwest Arkansas said Monday that he found his family’s cat slaughtered over the weekend and the word “liberal” painted on its corpse.
Jacob Burris, who manages Democrat Ken Aden’s campaign, said he found the cat on the porch of his Russellville home on Sunday morning. Burris said one side of the cat’s head had been bashed in.
A spokesman with the Russellville Police Department confirmed that Burris had filed a report that the dead cat with the word “liberal” painted on it was left at his house but said the department did not have any suspects.
Russellville Police Officer Josh McMillian said the department did not have any eyewitnesses, but asked anyone with information to contact the department.
Burris said that he had not received any threats leading up to Sunday’s incident. He has worked for Aden’s campaign since the fall.
“I know I’m probably in the worst area to be in as far as being liberal goes, but I’ve never had anything like this happen before,” said Burris, referring to the historically Republican 3rd District.
Aden, the former director of a West Memphis nonprofit, is the only Democrat running for the congressional seat held by freshman Republican Rep. Steve Womack.
“It is one thing to engage in civil political discourse, and for Republicans and Democrats to disagree with each other, which is an expected part of the political process. Taking it to this level is beyond unacceptable,” Aden said in a statement released by his campaign.
Aden’s campaign said they did not believe anyone with Womack’s campaign was responsible for the incident. Womack’s campaign on Monday condemned the act.
“The thought of brutalizing any animal for the sake of making a political statement, no matter what that statement is, is beyond any standard of decency and the person or people who are responsible for this should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” said Beau Walker, Womack’s campaign manager. “There should be no tolerance in this nation’s political discussion for this kind of behavior.”
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