Shelly Levy, a semi-retired professional fundraiser, was shopping in her local 99-cent Store when two people cornered her, objecting to the McCain-Palin pins on her jacket.
‘They started harassing me,’ she said while sitting at the West Valley Republican Club desk. ‘So I dialed 911.’
In another part of the Valley, a woman found key marks stretched across her whole car pointing towards a McCain-Palin bumper sticker.
These aren’t the only occurrences of politically based bullying. As told by San Fernando Valley Regional Co-Chair Nancy Spero, 72, many republican campaign volunteers have been picked and poked at ‘by the opposing side.’
‘I’ve been doing political campaigns since I was eight,’ said Spero, ‘But I’ve never had someone call-up and say these extreme things I’m hearing.’
Many volunteers working at the West Valley Republican Club have reported numerous anonymous calls with people shouting ‘You fucking bitch!’ and then hanging up.
‘Who are these people?’ asked Spero.
For a majorly democratic state, the air of headquarters was inspiringly positive. ‘We have so many young people involved,’ Spero enthused. ‘At 3:30, when the schools let out, we have kids aged 10 to 20 coming in and phone banking.’
As she said that, 15-year-old Philip Mogil sat in an office dialing numbers and reading from a script.
West L.A. Regional Political Director Nathan Miller, 32, said that he’s never seen this much volunteer turnout in eight years. ‘We’re excited,’ he said. ‘We find it important to represent values you respect.’
After he said that, he referenced a quote by Mahatma Gandhi: ‘You must be the change you want to see in the world.’
That’s why, despite numerous vandalisms on McCain-Palin supporters, none, as far as headquarters recalled, have fought back. Miller went on to explain how this election is as important as Lincoln being elected to preserve the Union.
‘This country needs to be united,’ he said. ‘Last thing I’d like to see is something that divides us.’