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Senator Pat Toomey’s Neighbors Targeted by Political Vandals

UPPER MILFORD TOWNSHIP — Vandals spray painted hateful messages about Senator Pat Toomey and Republicans over the weekend. The red spray painted words wer...

UPPER MILFORD TOWNSHIP -- Vandals spray painted hateful messages about Senator Pat Toomey and Republicans over the weekend.

The red spray painted words were on the sides of homes in Pat Toomey’s Upper Milford Township neighborhood near Allentown.

"I saw what was emblazoned on my house and obviously very shocked and upset about it and went out and inspected the damage," said Josh Levinson, whose home was vandalized.

Republican incumbent Pat Toomey is facing off against Democrat Katie McGinty for the U.S. Senate seat. Both McGinty and Toomey have been running critical campaign ads, but people in this neighborhood say the vandalism takes things to a different level.

"Everyone of us have kids and it's very unsettling to think that someone would actually come in the neighborhood and do something so horrendous just because of a difference in opinion or political beliefs,” said Shannon Schick, a neighbor.

In a statement to Newswatch 16, Pat Toomey said, "My neighbors are wonderful people who deserve much better. I hope the cowardly criminals who did this are apprehended and punished."

Katie McGinty said, "My campaign reached out to the family to convey that this is not what our politics should be about and we cannot tolerate these actions in our community."

State police are investigating the vandalism.

"We've been speculating about who could have done it and why they would be doing it, and my wife and I are very much of the opinion that it doesn't matter the motivation or who did it, the act itself is despicable. It puts them in a very negative light and it's not changing my opinions on anything,” said Josh Levinson.