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Insults, eggs litter the Clay County GOP Headquarters

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Overnight, the Campaign Headquarters of the Clay County Republicans was vandalized.

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Overnight the Campaign Headquarters of the Clay County Republicans was vandalized.

"I was reading it thinking, 'would you kiss your mother'," said Chairwoman Leslie Dougher.

Dougher says she was shocked reading a dozen handmade signs left at their headquarters Wednesday.

The vandals threw eggs, and spray painted "LIAR" on a Mitt Romney sign, but it was the hand-written signs with curse words, calling all Republicans racist, that really threw her.

"We all have parents, grandparents, kids, and would you really say those things to your mother, your grandmother or your kids," she said.

Dougher says this is the fourth time their headquarters has been vandalized.

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And while she understands not everyone agrees with her politically, she doesn't see why people destroy political signs.

"I don't mind having discussion, people voicing their opinions on both sides of the aisle, but when you start ruining people's personal property, you just show a lack of respect for others," she said.

The problems have been worse across the country, on both sides of the aisle.

Shots were fired at an Obama field office in Denver, and someone threw a firebomb at a Romney sign in California.

So what would it take to reinstate the peace, or at least some reasonable political conversations?

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"I have no idea! That's one that would be really hard to answer,' she said.  

And with just a few days left until the election, Dougher says it'll get worse before it gets better.

"Unfortunately, I've been doing this long enough to know that yes it will get worse," she said.

The Headquarters is now installing video cameras.

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