Watch: State Worker With Dem Ties Charged After GOP HQ Gets Vandalized
A former congressional intern for Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham when she was a U.S. congresswoman was arrested Wednesday in connection with vandalism at the headquarters of the Republican Party of New Mexico.
Cameron Chase McCall was detained and charged with criminal damage to property after authorities compared video footage of the vandalism with a photo of him on his Facebook page, court documents said.
McCall refused to list his head up and show his face during the court proceeding. The judge had to ask the man to show his face, which he did, only to drop his head back down immediately after.
According to KOAT, the complaint says McCall is heavily involved with the Democratic Party. He is currently an employee with Expo New Mexico.
A spokesman for Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said McCall was also an intern for her when she was in Congress. The spokesman said this type of vandalism is flatly unacceptable behavior.
Staffers with the Republican party say it will cost about $4,000 to repair the vandalism.
The same building was vandalized last March when someone spray-painted the word "Traitors" on the building.
The Blaze reported that McCall is an employee with Expo New Mexico and is now on leave, the station said, adding that an Expo spokesman noted that if McCall is the individual on the video, he could be terminated.
A spokesman for the governor confirmed McCall interned for her when she was a U.S. congresswoman and noted that Grisham condemned the vandalism as unacceptable behavior, KOAT said.
GOP staff told the station it will cost about $4,000 to repair the vandalism.
McCall could face more charges if detectives are able to link him to vandalism of the GOP headquarters that was done back in March.
Democrat Gov Grisham released a statement, following McCall's arrest, apparently trying to distance herself from the ordeal by calling the attack 'juvenile'.