MEDFORD, Ore. — The sidewalks outside of Representative Greg Walden's Medford office were covered in graffiti overnight, with "impeach" or "impeach Trump" scrawled repeatedly.
According to Medford Police, the suspects used spray chalk and not spray paint — meaning that the cleanup will be less costly, but not totally without cost. The agency said that security footage showed multiple suspects, but the video quality is poor.
"The lack of respect is the first thing that comes to my mind and it's very frustrating," said Jamie Nicole. She works at Lotus, a hair salon just around the corner from Rep. Walden's office. "We can't change people's minds with negative actions. We have to do positive actions."
The Congressman's office issued a brief statement to NewsWatch 12 in response to the graffiti on Wednesday afternoon:
"It’s unfortunate that anyone would think vandalizing someone’s property is an appropriate way to convey their political views," said Molly Jenkins, Communications Director for Walden's office. "I am sorry that the other organizations that share this building with our office have to also suffer from these immature, inconsiderate, and illegal actions."
"The Congressman’s Medford office is open to everyone, regardless of their views, and they welcome constituents to come and share their thoughts and concerns," Jenkins continued. "Our staff in Medford is there to assist constituents with issues they face with federal agencies and they stand ready to help all southern Oregonians."
If the suspects are caught, Medford Police said, they'll be ticketed for an infraction.
Nicole says that many improvements have been made lately to turn downtown Medford into a nicer place to visit, and she wishes that people would respect the area more.
"Seeing such beautiful work, like the artwork on the walls here, and they do the gardening and cleaning up the general area, making it look nice . . . and then someone comes in and just spray paints it," Nicole said. "Now those resources that could have been spent somewhere else are just wasted."
Windows at the headquarters of the Jackson County Republican Party were smashed twice over the summer — the first at the beginning of July, then a second time in mid-August. The owner of Rogue Camera guys has sinced installed security cameras at the office, which he said resulted in death threats.