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Dingell’s Dearborn office is broken into after months of threats

By: - November 30, 2021 11:27 am

Rep. Debbie Dingell outside the service for her husband, former Rep. John Dingell, Feb. 12, 2019 | Ken Coleman

The Dearborn office of U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) was broken into and vandalized Monday. 

Dingell said in a statement that the door, windows and memorabilia were broken of her late husband, former U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn). 

Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) claps during a press conference after a vote on healthcare on Capitol Hill November 7, 2009 in Washington, DC. | Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

“Thankfully, my staff and I are safe and no one was hurt, but we must also recognize the impact attacks like this one and constant threats have had on my staff and all Congressional staff. This needs to stop now,” Dingell said. 

John Dingell died in February 2019. He was the longest-serving member of Congress until he stepped down in 2015. At a Battle Creek rally in December 2019, former President Donald Trump suggested Dingell — who had been a vocal Trump critic — was in hell.

Debbie Dingell said her office has been receiving threats for months. 

“This vandalization really hits home. Regardless of if your views differ from mine or from your neighbor’s, we need to learn to hear each other out and work together to solve the issues facing our nation,” she said. “Violence and vandalism aren’t the answer.”

The Dearborn Police Department and the U.S. Capitol Police are investigating the incident.

“The motive for today’s incident is unclear, but what I can tell you is that the disrespect, violence and division need to end in this country,” Dingell said. “We need to practice civility and kindness, not divisiveness and anger.”

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Allison R. Donahue
Allison R. Donahue

Allison R. Donahue is a former Michigan Advance reporter who covered education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8.