Romney campaign bus vandalized

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - There are fears that the 2012 presidential campaign could get ugly, and there are signs that it's already happening.  A bus carrying supporters of republican candidate Mitt Romney was targeted at an event in Richmond this weekend.

The bus was parked outside of a gun show in Henrico registering voters for the fall campaign. No one was hurt, but it was a clear act of vandalism.

The bus is one of three vehicles that travels through swing states in support of the Romney campaign.

This bus never serves to transport the former Massachusetts governor or his wife, but instead parks outside events hoping to encourage voters to support the GOP campaign.

In this case it was parked here outside the "Showplace" on Mechanicsville Turnpike in Henrico, a sprawling convention hall that was home to a weekend gun show.

Sometime late Saturday night into early Sunday morning the bus was hit, its alternator belt cut, keeping it from going anywhere.

The campaigns dealt with the problem, and were only forced to cancel one event scheduled for Leesburg on Monday morning. They chose not to call police, and a report was never filed.

As a result, we may never know who was responsible.

Mister Romney does not travel on that particular bus and was not in the Richmond area, when the vandalism occurred.

For more on campaign 2012 check out our political blog, Decision Virginia.

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