In Texas, They’re Firebombing Democrats. Dog Help Us If They Go After True Progressives – UPDATED

State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-10 [Ft. Worth]) was not in her office when it was firebombed with Molotov cocktails, but two of her employees were there and prevented the spread of the fire. No one was hurt. TPM has few details at the moment, but supposedly police have made an arrest.

Davis is a well-respected, obviously hardworking young legislator with a string of awards a mile long. She provides much-needed representation of urban interests in the Texas Senate. (The Lege in Texas is noted for being weighted, some say unfairly, toward rural interests.)

It is never good news when someone forsakes politics and turns to violence and destructive behavior instead. Police are about to announce a suspect in the firebombing; let’s hope they’ve found him/her.

UPDATE: here’s a CBS local segment, in case you’re Fox-averse.

UPDATE: the man arrested was homeless and quite possibly mentally unstable, in which case it isn’t really political violence. Sen. Davis just used the press conference (in progress on CBS DFW) to point out that state mental health services were relentlessly whacked by the opposition in the last budget, and that such cuts have consequences.

CORRECTION: this post was mistakenly categorized under Political Blackmail. The corrected category is Political Violence. As it turns out, it’s not really that, either.

UPDATE Wed. afternoon: Here is a more detailed account of Cedric Steele, an apparently mentally disturbed homeless man living in a vacant building, where materials for making Molotov cocktails were found. The man spoke of aliens (extraterrestrials), claiming he had body parts from them and wanting to show them to Sen. Davis.

Tragedy aside, this week’s funniest typo appeared in the linked article:

The document said the fire not only burned the wooden door but also melted the lower part of the Texas state steal mounted high on the front of the door.

And here I thought Rick Perry committed the Texas state steal with his latest budget…

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  • NTodd Pritsky  On Wednesday March 21, 2012 at 10:29 am

    At least they’re not killing cats…

    • Steve  On Wednesday March 21, 2012 at 10:35 am

      NTodd, we were posting at the same time. The latest information (there’s a live interview of Sen. Davis in progress) is that the man arrested has at least some history (details uncertain) of mental instability. In that case, it isn’t necessarily political violence.

      Yes, I’m glad the cats… and the humans… were spared!

  • L’Enfant de la Haute Mer  On Wednesday March 21, 2012 at 11:32 am

    After a six months sabbatical, back to work, among hills of papers and of course, much less posting!
    Have a nice afternoon!

    • Steve  On Wednesday March 21, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      Enfant – I assumed the best, and it sounds as if you are indeed happily re-established in what you love to do! (Thanks also for the Cute Overload! Our household cats look cute, too, except when they see one of us pointing a camera at them. 🙂 )

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