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Congressman Pearce’s office vandalized with eggs

Congressman Pearce's Office Vandalized With Eggs

The exterior of Congressman Steve Pearce’s office in Las Cruces was vandalized with eggs sometime Monday night or Tuesday morning. Authorities are seeking information about the incident.(Photo: Courtesy)

LAS CRUCES – The staff of Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce arrived at his Las Cruces office on Tuesday morning to find that the front door had been egged. Pearce, in a statement to the Sun-News, said the “act of vandalism is beyond civil discourse.”

“All of my congressional offices belong to the people of NM-02, and are essential to the everyday operations of assisting people with their Social Security, veteran benefits, and much more,” he said. “I thank my Las Cruces staff for cleaning up the mess so that we can resume work as usual for constituents. We are open for business, so come on by.”

Staff reported the vandalism to the Las Cruces Police Department. Pearce’s office also reported the incident to U.S. Capitol Police. LCPD spokesman Dan Trujillo said the agency was called to Pearce’s office, 570 N. Telshor Blvd., about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The vandalism appeared to be limited to the egging of the office’s front door.

“Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at (575) 526-0795,” Trujillo said.

The Do a Ana County Republican Party denounced the vandalism of Pearce’s office on social media Tuesday.

“Since before the last Presidential Campaign our candidates and elected officials have had their campaign signs defaced, removed, replaced by opponents’ signs. Some of these signs were privately purchased by party members for the candidates and those that have been caught or arrested have not been punished,” the party posted on Facebook.

Political tensions in the southern New Mexico district have heated up over the past year, leading up to and continuing beyond the November 2016 general election. Campaign sign vandalism was a theme during election season, with supporters of both major political parties reporting incidents. Two of the most high-profile incidents involved vandalism of Trump-Pence billboards in Las Cruces. At least one suspect was caught and claimed responsibility for vandalizing one of the signs. But an LCPD officer said soon after the incident no charges were filed[1] because the billboard’s owner couldn’t be reached, so the agency didn’t have a victim. Pearce’s office has been the site of political protests in recent weeks by supporters of the progressive Indivisible movement. A rally Feb. 24 drew about 200 protesters from across southern New Mexico[2] who were seeking an in-person town hall to be hosted by Pearce. A portion of the protesters attempted to enter the office but were denied by staff and a security guard on the basis of the office’s small capacity; organizers of the protest said they never planned to attempt to enter Pearce’s office that day and didn’t agree with the people who had attempted to do so. Tony Martinez, an organizer with the local WE’RE IN: Southern New Mexico, an Indivisible chapter, said Tuesday afternoon his group hadn’t heard about the vandalism of Pearce’s office. But, having been told about it during a Sun-News interview, he condemned the act of vandalism.

“Our Indivisible Guide promotes us to have dialogue with our members of Congress, to exchange ideas when we disagree with him,” he said. “At no point in time have we ever had any type of incidents like you’re referring to, nor do we promote that. We want an intelligent exchange of ideas.”

A town hall held by Pearce at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum on March 18 generated large attendance[3] and an emotionally charged audience.

Diana Alba Soular may be reached at 575-541-5443, Read or Share this story:


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Petition calls for Melania Trump to move to White House or foot NYC security bill

NEW YORK Thousands of Americans think Melania Trump s refusal to live in the White House is putting taxpayers in the poorhouse and they re giving her an ultimatum. The petition[1] calls for the first lady to move to the White House or pay for her own security back at Trump Tower in New York.

As to help relieve the national debt, this expense yields no positive results for the nation and should be cut from being funded, the petition to the Senate reads. Police Commissioner James O Neill told lawmakers in February it costs the NYPD between $127,000 and $146,000 a day to protect the first lady and her 11-year-old son Barron. When the president is in town, the city pays more than $308,000.

Signatures poured in with Americans voicing their thoughts on paying to protect Trump Tower.

I m signing because I would rather our taxpayer money be used to improve and keep our social programs, rather than being used to guard Trump Tower just because the first lady doesn t want to move, wrote Ryan Dontje of Rochester Hills, Michigan. Many people discussed the programs President Donald Trump wants to cut, including Meals on Wheels. Helen Marchiorlatti of Daly City, California, said she won t pay taxes to support the first lady living in luxury while the elderly lose meals and people lose their health insurance.

Businesses near Trump Tower are paying the price for tight security for the first lady and her young son, Barron. The Secret Service and NYPD have blocked off sidewalks in front of the tower and set up barricades on surrounding blocks. A survey conducted by City Comptroller Scott Stringer in December 2016 found that of 50 businesses in the area, 80 percent of them are losing business.

I have nothing personal against Melania. But this is both immoral and irresponsible for the Trumps to expect the U.S. to support their opulent lifestyle. AND, it costs NYC for added security and hurts the businesses around Trump Tower, said Mary Schmidt of Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the petition.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the petition had over 130,000 supporters. The petition was created last week by Doug Caruana of Colorado.

Want to hear what the people are wanting to say? Caruana tweeted on Mar. 18. He included the hashtags #TakeBackAmerica, #CutTheWaste and #MAGA, President Trump s campaign slogan of Make America Great Again.

Once the petition has 150,000 signatures, it will be sent to Democratic senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

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Justin Trudeau and bride Sophie Gregoire leave the Sainte-Madeleine D’Outremont Church, Montreal, after their wedding ceremony here, May 28, 2005. The car a 1959 Mercedez 300SL, was Pierre Trudeua’s car and was recently renovated and given its original silver grey colour.

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With son Justin in her lap; Margaret Trudeau; wife of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau; sits in a car outside the Inn on the Park just before a lunchtime visit to the home of friends. Star photographers Dick Loek had been waiting in the Don Mills hotel’s lobby hoping the family might emerge. Mrs. Trudeau; with Justin in her arms; walked to her car accompanied by three security men. At the time; her husband was visiting an Etobicoke Ukrainian home for the elderly.

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Justin steals the show. Margaret Trudeau; the Prime Minister’s wife; and son Justin walk along the lake at Mont Tremblant.

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Justin Trudeaus (R)

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Canadian Prime Minister Pierre E. Trudeau joins sons Justin, Sacha, and Michel in this photo for his 1980 Christmas card. Justin and Sacha will be nine and seven years, respectively on Christmas Day. Michel is five

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Justin Trudeau pictured at age 14 in December, 1986.

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Justin Trudeau, the eldest son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, speaks about the loss of his brother Michel as he is accompanied by his mother Margaret, as they launch an awareness campaign with the Canadian Avalanche Foundation, January 14 on Mt. Seymour. As a result of the loss of Michel in an Avalanche accident in 1998, the Trudeau family is helping support avalanche safety awareness.

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Sacha(L) and Justin Trudeau(C) and former wife Margaret Kemper(R) of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau look over his casket in the Hall of Honor on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada 30 September, 2000. The former prime minister died 28 September after a a battle with prostate cancer.


Justin Trudeau (L) and his brother Alexandre, sons of the late Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, pose with a stamp honouring their father at it’s unveiling in Montreal, July 3, 2001. Pierre Trudeau, one of Canada’s most popular politicians, died in September 2000.

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Justin Trudeau speaks at the countdown to World Youth Day 2002at Nathan Philips Square. The international youth conference and papal visit to Canada from July 18-28, 2002 will be held at the old Downsview airport.

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Justin Trudeau, on stage, during the tribute to Jean Chretien at the ACC.

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Justin and Alexandre Trudeau stand by the plaque which offically renames Dorval Airport in honor of their late father former Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau in Montreal on September 9, 2003. The new name “The Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport” will be effective January 1, 2004.

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Justin Trudeau and bride Sophie Gregoire share a kiss as Margaret Trudeau looks on as they leave the Sainte-Madeleine D’Outremont Church, Montreal, after their wedding ceremony here, May 28, 2005.

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Justin Trudeau introduces Liberal leadership candidate Gerard Kennedy at the Liberal convention in Montreal, December 1, 2006.

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Liberal leadership candidate Gerard Kennedy and Justin Trudeau, son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, attend the Liberal convention in Montreal, November 29, 2006. The Liberal Party will elect a new leader later in the week.

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Justin Trudeau, son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, talks to supporters after winning the Liberal nomination for the Montreal riding of Papineau April 29, 2007.

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Justin Trudeau, son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and candidate for the Liberal Party in Montreal, is seen during an interview in his campaign office on October 12, 2008 in Montreal, two days before the federal elections on October 14. One of three sons of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, prime minister of Canada from 1968 to 1979, and 1980 to 1984, Justin Trudeau swapped a teaching career for a chance to represent his father’s Liberals in the Montreal electoral district of Papineau, and win it back from the separatists who took it in 2006.

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Mia Farrow and Justin Trudeau

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Liberal MP Justin Trudeau is pictured during an event to mark the end of ‘Movember’ on Parliament Hill in Ottawa November 30, 2010. A group of MPs and staff who grew moustaches during the month of November raised more than CDN $30,000 for prostate cancer research.

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Canadian Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff serves pancakes with Liberal MP Justin Trudeau as they attend a pancake breakfast in Frampton, July 21, 2010.

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Lui Temkovski the Liberal candidate for Oak Ridges-Markham gets a visit from Justin Trudeau during his Liberal Party’s auxiliary tour around the GTA today. They go mainstreeting in the town of Markham.

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Liberal Party leadership candidate Justin Trudeau speaks to supporters at a rally in Mississauga, October 4, 2012.

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Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau smiles during his speech at the Dashmesh Culture Senior Citizen Society in Calgary, Alberta, October 3, 2012. Calgary was his first stop after announcing he will seek the leadership of the Liberal party of Canada.

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Sophie Gregoire and Justin Trudeau arrive at the ‘Midnight’s Children’ Premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 9, 2012 in Toronto, Canada.

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Liberal Member of Parliament Justin Trudeau meets liberal supporters at a Stampede breakfast during the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta, July 7, 2012.

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Justin Trudeau speaks as Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, 2013

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau dumps a bucket of ice water onto Liberal MP Sean Casey for the ALS ice bucket challenge during a break in the Federal Liberal summer caucus meetings in Edmonton August 19, 2014.

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French President Francois Hollande welcomes Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau prior to attending a meeting at the Elysee Presidential Palace on November 29, 2015 in Paris, France. France will host climate change conference COP21 in Paris from November 30 to December 11, 2015.

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Canada’s Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau arrives at a ceremony to commemorate the October 2014 attack on Parliament Hill, at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada October 22, 2015. The event also honoured the lives of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo, two soldiers killed in a pair of separate attacks police said were carried out independently by radical recent converts to Islam.

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Canadian Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau waits with his son Xavier to cast his ballot in Montreal on October 19, 2015. The first of 65,000 polling stations opened Monday on Canada’s Atlantic seaboard for legislative elections that pitted Prime Minister Stephen’s Tories against liberal and social democratic parties. Up to 26.4 million electors are expected to vote in 338 electoral districts. Some 3.6 million already cast a ballot in advance voting a week ago, and the turnout Monday is expected to be high.


The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, visits Paul Brown Boxfit boxing gym for a photo opportunity on August 6, 2015 in Toronto.

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Premier Kathleen Wynne joined Liberal Party of Canada leader Justin Trudeau for an election rally in Toronto Centre Monday night.

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Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau waves to supporters as he arrives for the first federal leaders debate of the 2015 Canadian election campaign on August 6, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. The federal election is set for October 19, 2015.


Canadian Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie wave on stage in Montreal on October 20, 2015 after winning the general elections.


Liberal leader Justin Trudeau meets with the editorial board at the Toronto Star in Toronto.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is greeted by British Prime Minister David Cameron prior to their meeting in Downing Street on November 25, 2015 in London, England.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau poses with Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre as they visit the site of the Universite de Montreal’s new Science Complex in Montreal, December 16, 2016.

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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks with Prince George following the arrival of Britain’s Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the Victoria International Airport for the start of their eight day royal tour to Canada in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, September 24, 2016.

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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during a meeting in Trudeau’s office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, December 9, 2016.

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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, December 12, 2016.

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Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and US President Barack Obama exit the Hall of Honour on Parliament Hill following the North American Leaders Summit in Ottawa, June 28, 2016.


(L-R) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Prince William the Duke of Cambridge, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, and Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge take a walk at the Kitsilano Coast Guard station, in Vancouver, British Columbia on September 25, 2016.


Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a meeting with representatives of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, January 10, 2017.

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