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Large rocks were thrown through the plate glass windows of GOP headquarters in Statler Towers on the morning that court proceedings began to guide the process for counting ballots in the Brian Higgins-Nancy Naples congressional contest, and Erie County Republican officials see a connection.

Threatening phone calls also were made to Republican officials, according to Bradley J. Stamm, executive director for the Erie County Republican Committee.

He told reporters outside a State Supreme Court courtroom that he sees a correlation between the vandalism and threats and the Naples campaign efforts to gain an accurate count of all voting machines and outstanding paper ballots in a race that she trails by nearly 4,000 votes.

"I know they were thrown through the windows on the morning we are scheduled to appear in court," Stamm said when asked about a possible connection.

Republican officials are considering whether to assign extra security for those who were threatened, Stamm said.

"The calls threatened certain individuals," Stamm said. "I'm concerned for everybody's safety."

He would not specifically say who was threatened.


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