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Vandals strike Congressman Tim Murphy's office

| Thursday, July 6, 2017, 10:42 a.m.
U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy

Vandals spray-painted the words “filth” and “rot” on the front of U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy's Mt. Lebanon headquarters.

“We should be worried. I was worried when my colleague was shot at,” Murphy told Tribune-Review news partner WPXI-TV.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others were wounded last month when a gunman opened fire on a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Va. Capitol police shot and killed the gunman.

Scalise has undergone several surgeries and was readmitted to the intensive care unit Wednesday for an infection.

Rob Brooks, executive director of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, blamed the “street antics and unrestrained rhetoric” of the Mondays with Murphy group, a group of protesters that have met weekly outside Murphy's office.

“They have no business expressing surprise that things have escalated to this point,” Brooks said in a statement. “Words have consequences.”

Police are investigating.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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