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I did an interview with David Shuster where he tried to ambush me on the idea that Republicans were vandalizing Democrat campaign offices. I disagreed and said that it was likely Democrats doing it and blaming Republicans. Shuster challenged me on why I believed Democrats were vandalizing their OWN offices. As it turned out, I was right.

Public records show that it was a top campaign staffer for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe attempted to cover up mass property destruction committed by Democratic operatives in Wisconsin on Election Day 2004, public records show.

McAuliffe StoneyAs reported here

Levar Stoney, the deputy campaign manager for Terry McAuliffe’s campaign, admitted in 2006 that he lied to Milwaukee County detectives to protect a handful of Democratic operatives who were later convicted of slashing the tires of Wisconsin Republican Party vans on Election Day.

“I wasn’t going to try and get my friends, my colleagues, in trouble. Nor was I going to get the Democratic Party in trouble as well,” Stoney, then a Democratic Party get-out-the-vote organizer in Wisconsin, told a Milwaukee County court.

The court would eventually convict Sowande Omokunde, the son of U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D., Wis.), and three others of criminal damage to property, a Class A misdemeanor. Omokunde was fined $1,000 and sentenced to four months in prison; the three other defendants were also fined $1,000 and sentenced to between five and six months in prison.

Stoney returned to Virginia after the 2004 election and took a position in the office of then-state Attorney General Creigh Deeds. He would later work as the political director and executive director of the Virginia Democratic Party. Stoney also worked on Deeds’ unsuccessful 2009 gubernatorial campaign.

Attempts to reach Stoney through the McAuliffe campaign were unsuccessful. The campaign did not return requests for comment.

Stoney’s work with McAuliffe goes beyond the realm of Virginia Democratic politics. He was until December the director of public and government affairs for GreenTech Automotive, the hybrid and electric vehicle company that boasts McAuliffe as its chairman.

GreenTech did not return requests for comment and clarification of Stoney’s work with the company.

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