GOP Senate candidate’s staff, pregnant wife victims of ‘politically based’ vehicular vandalism

Dan Bongino, a former U.S. Secret Service agent and a Maryland Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, told The Daily Caller that cars belonging to his pregnant wife and three of his staffers were vandalized — and he’s convinced it was a politically motivated attack.

Bongino was participating in the Maryland GOP convention in Annapolis this past weekend, and on Friday night, he said, vandals spiked three of his staffers’ cars’ tires with nails.

“There were three cars in three different areas of the parking lot — very distinct, different areas of the parking lot,” Bongino told TheDC in a phone interview. “They had no identification on them at all, they were the only cars that were vandalized, and the way the nails were put in the tires there’s no way anybody ran over them. What happened was there were nails in the front and the rear tires on the same passenger side of the car.”

Bongino said there were more than 700 vehicles at the event, and because the vandalism was specific to just his staffers’ cars, Bongino is certain that his political opponents planned and launched the attack.

“What I think, from 17 years in law enforcement, is someone watched the three cars that were parked, watching my staff go back and forth unloading campaign materials,” he said. “They saw the cars and then they waited until the end of the night and then did the damage to the cars. They clearly knew it was us — there’s no doubt about that in my mind.”

Bongino’s wife, who is seven-months pregnant, was the victim of what now appears to be a connected act of vandalism. “My wife’s car was [vandalized] a week ago — or a week and a half ago,” Bongino said. “That’s what’s really starting to bother me — that could have been an accident, although where the nail was placed, it seemed awfully odd. I thought it could have been an accident so we never really proceeded with following up on it.”

“Then, this, [after what happened] at the [GOP convention] event, there was no question, it was targeted, politically based criminality,” Bongino adds. “I mean, it was a crime what they did.”

Maryland hasn’t sent a Republican to the U.S. Senate since Mac Mathias left in early 1987. “That’s a very long time ago,” Bongino said.