Orange County GOP opens new HQ following October firebombing

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Republican officials and volunteers said Wednesday they’re not afraid to start working in the new location for Orange County’s GOP headquarters following an October firebombing.

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The new location is only a few yards away from the previous one, which was vandalized and set on fire with Molotov cocktails on Oct. 16.

“This was not just an attack on the Orange County GOP. This was an attack on all free-thinking people and of our democracy. It has shaken Republicans across this state,” said Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the N.C. Republican Party.

After working outside with no electricity or internet, state GOP officials said they have spent thousands and thousands of dollars with some of that being spent on surveillance equipment.

The office has received money and supplies from people across the nation.

Today they held a ribbon cutting at the new location with less than a week until Election Day.

“They may have destroyed our building, but they didn’t destroy our spirit, and our intent to win the election. We are having people come out to register and vote that haven’t voted in years or haven’t even voted,” said Evelyn Poole-Kober with the Orange County Republican Party.

State GOP leaders are encouraging voters to head to the polls before Tuesday with concerns that there could be a gas shortage in North Carolina following the Colonial Pipeline explosion.

No arrests have been made in the firebombing but there’s a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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