The Ohio Women for Trump-Pence movement have opened an office in Delaware to bolster support for the presidential nominee, but not without encountering opposition.
“We’re a movement of women who are concern for their children and grandchildren,” said Holly Adams, an Ohio woman for Donald Trump and a volunteer. “We’re doing everything we can to make sure Donald Trump wins.”
Lauren Durant, a volunteer at the center, makes phone calls to registered Republicans to solicit their support. “Everyone I’ve talked to isn’t going to change voting Republican,” she said.
Adams said during the horse parade Sunday a tall, 300-pound man walked into the center and stood in the doorway. She said there were others with him walking around trying to be intimidating.
Melanie Leneghan, a member of the Delaware County Republican Central Committee, was volunteering that day. She said he looked to be between 18 and 20 years old.
“He was a very large guy with a cigar hanging out of his mouth,” Leneghan said. “He stood in the door and said, What’s this?’”
Leneghan told him it was the Trump Action Center. Then she asked him, “Are you voting for Trump?”
“I think he expected me to cower,” Leneghan said. “It wasn’t that big a deal.”
Shortly afterward, Leneghan said the front curved window was damaged.
Volunteers had parked their cars in back of the building. At the end of the day as they were leaving Adams said she noticed her car had been scratched along the drivers side.
Don Rankey of Delaware owns the space at 26 N. Sandusky St., where the center is located. “They called me asking for the space,” he said. “I gave them the space to use til Nov. 8.”
Rankey said he also owns the space where the Delaware County Republican headquarters is located at 48 N. Sandusky St. “Someone had spray painted black lives matter on the front windows,” he said.
D. Anthony Botkin may be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @dabotkin.