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Wed Jul 29, 2020, 01:00 PM

 

Banned ex-volunteer arrested for Democratic Party office fire in Phoenix

Source: KTAR Phoenix

PHOENIX – A banned former Democratic volunteer was arrested for arson Wednesday in the fire that destroyed the party’s Maricopa County headquarters in Phoenix last week, authorities said.

Matthew Silvanus Egler, 29, was booked on one count of arson of an occupied structure, a class 2 felony, in connection to the blaze set early Friday morning in central Phoenix.

Egler had been banned from volunteering at the Democratic office “due to the nature of his previous behavior,” according to a joint press release from the Phoenix fire and police departments.

He claimed responsibility for the fire on social media and threatened more violence, according to the release.

Read more: https://ktar.com/story/3444388/banned-ex-volunteer-arrested-for-democratic-party-office-fire-in-phoenix/



It's ARIZONA!
Do they really expect us to believe this shit?

KTAR is owned by Bonneville International, the MORMON CHURCH!

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Reply Banned ex-volunteer arrested for Democratic Party office fire in Phoenix (Original post)
John Drake Jul 2020 OP
mahina Jul 2020 #1
Blues Heron Jul 2020 #2
John Drake Jul 2020 #3
Blues Heron Jul 2020 #8
H2O Man Jul 2020 #30
Cadfael Jul 2020 #32
H2O Man Jul 2020 #34
LeftInTX Jul 2020 #21
lagomorph777 Jul 2020 #4
Bengus81 Jul 2020 #5
musette_sf Jul 2020 #12
sweetloukillbot Jul 2020 #6
Hoyt Jul 2020 #7
Mopar151 Jul 2020 #9
LeftInTX Jul 2020 #25
machI Jul 2020 #10
cstanleytech Jul 2020 #11
dalton99a Jul 2020 #14
BamaRefugee Jul 2020 #16
Steelrolled Jul 2020 #20
LanternWaste Jul 2020 #33
dobleremolque Jul 2020 #13
LeftInTX Jul 2020 #26
brooklynite Jul 2020 #15
BamaRefugee Jul 2020 #17
Drunken Irishman Jul 2020 #18
BamaRefugee Jul 2020 #19
Drunken Irishman Jul 2020 #24
brooklynite Jul 2020 #27
John Drake Jul 2020 #22
niyad Jul 2020 #36
John Drake Jul 2020 #37
niyad Jul 2020 #38
C Moon Jul 2020 #23
brooklynite Jul 2020 #28
brooklynite Jul 2020 #29
truthisfreedom Jul 2020 #31
blugbox Jul 2020 #35

Response to John Drake (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 01:02 PM

1. It takes a lot to get banned as a volunteer

There’s a lot more to this story

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Response to John Drake (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 01:03 PM

2. Are you saying this is fake news? Why?

Do you have the inside scoop or something?

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Response to Blues Heron (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 01:06 PM

3. Like mahina said

 

There must be more to this story.

It's Arizona

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Response to John Drake (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 01:24 PM

8. OK I thought maybe you had some extra info or something

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Response to Blues Heron (Reply #8)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 03:03 PM

30. I think that

people should keep the Nixon re-election campaign in mind. The Committee to Re-Elect the President (CREEP) had their people "volunteer" with Democratic candidates' campaigns during the primary. They did this to both spy and "rat-fuck" (their term). More, they had plans to literally kidnap people they identified as leaders of the young people's opposition to Nixon. I suspect we are seeing similar activities in cities such as Portland. Of course, I may be influenced in my thinking by Roger Stone, who spanned the decades between Nixon and Trump's re-election campaigns.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #30)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 04:09 PM

32. Very true...Donald Segretti leaps to mind...

From Wikipedia:
“ Donald Henry Segretti (born September 17, 1941, in San Marino, California) is an attorney best known for working as a political operative with then-U.S. President Richard Nixon's Committee to Re-elect the President during the early 1970s. Segretti served four and a half months in prison after investigations related to the Watergate scandal revealed his leading role in extensive political sabotage efforts ( "ratfucking" ) against the Democrats.[1] “

More at : https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Segretti

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Response to Cadfael (Reply #32)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 04:44 PM

34. Yes!

Good call!

In my opinion, although he is the most famous/infamous of their rat pack, he was not as horrible as some of the others. But he was horrible. There were a number of them, not all identified in the Senate's investigation, that were more criminal and much more dangerous.

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Response to John Drake (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 02:37 PM

21. This happens

Volunteers get recruited from wherever.
Guy could have walked in off the street.
Parties get what they can take.
No background checks locally.

There are a few bad apples.
It isn't a statement of his ideology or the party's ideology.

We had to ban a violent guy from our Democratic county meetings and offices.

I hope this brings about more motivation for background checks.

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Response to John Drake (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 01:07 PM

4. Crap; it's hard to get good help these days.

Sounds like a serious mental case.

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Response to John Drake (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 01:08 PM

5. And "Umbrella man" was supposedly a member of antifa. Yeah right.................

Let's see who this guy really is...........

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Response to Bengus81 (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 01:36 PM

12. Yep.

I'm thinking same way as you.

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Response to John Drake (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 01:19 PM

6. They have it on video

Maybe stop trying to create conspiracy theories?

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Response to John Drake (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 01:21 PM

7. Wouldn't be the first time an x-employee/volunteer went "postal."

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Response to John Drake (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 01:28 PM

9. Banned from the premises

Ask any bouncer, bartender, or anyone that deals with lots of volunteers - there are those among the expelled, who will do the worst shit their twisted mind can work up, as revenge.

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Response to Mopar151 (Reply #9)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 02:44 PM

25. Yep

This thread is going too political

There are bad apples and organizations are willing to accept any free help. Parties don't have budgets to vet volunteers.

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Response to John Drake (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 01:29 PM

10. May be an Agent Provocateur from the MAGA cult.

Got caught and banned before they could do major damage, but came back at night to finish the job

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Response to John Drake (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 01:30 PM

11. RW nutjob that tried to fake being Democratic volunteer and got banned once exposed?

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #11)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 02:06 PM

14. +1

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #11)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 02:26 PM

16. Took the thought right outta my head.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #11)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 02:37 PM

20. That doesn't really fit IMHO

Much more likely someone with emotional issues.

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Response to Steelrolled (Reply #20)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 04:11 PM

33. What specifically leads you to believe that?

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Response to John Drake (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 01:42 PM

13. Volunteers require the same kind of management that paid staff receives.

As someone who managed an nonprofit charitable organization that included volunteers, I can tell you that occasionally you need to fire a volunteer who gets out of line.

We required volunteers to complete a job application, complete a "can you do the task" assessment, and sign an acknowledgement that although they received no pay, they were bound by the same ethical obligations to the mission of the organization as the paid staff, and would be subject to the same managerial supervision.

The volunteers who showed up with an "intense passion" for the cause were the most problematic. Very soon, they started believing that management or their paid co-workers were not "doing enough", or not "doing it right." And that's when the trouble starts.

Volunteers are welcomed at any organization. The help is certainly needed. But managers who don't want to correct or discipline the volunteer because the volunteer might get offended and leave, (or worse ... in this case) are not doing their organization a favor.

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Response to dobleremolque (Reply #13)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 02:49 PM

26. Unfortunately most local parties don't

have the budgets

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Response to John Drake (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 02:10 PM

15. Do you have an actual reason for disbelieving the story?

Are you suggesting that "they" made up the story that he was a former volunteer, and the Democrats aren't disputing the accusation?

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #15)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 02:28 PM

17. I think people are suggesting that it would be easy to volunteer, in order to do damage for the

OTHER SIDE.
Just a possibility.

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Response to BamaRefugee (Reply #17)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 02:31 PM

18. So why was the station reporting this mentioned?

What does the news station being owned by a company who's owned by the LDS Church have anything to do with what you just said?

The OP makes it sound like the news station made this up.

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Reply #18)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 02:34 PM

19. Being thorough in their reporting? What's wrong with that? In journalism school you learn to report

WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHY, WHEN as much as possible at the time of reporting.

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Response to BamaRefugee (Reply #19)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 02:44 PM

24. lol

I see. Well I'll expect the exact owner of every local news station who is linked to a post here in the future.

Thanks.

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Response to BamaRefugee (Reply #19)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 02:54 PM

27. Who: Matthew Silvanus Egler

What: arrested for arson Wednesday in the fire that destroyed the party’s Maricopa County headquarters

When: Early Friday Morning

Where: Phoenix

Why: Per Phoenix PD and FD: Egler had been banned from volunteering at the Democratic office “due to the nature of his previous behavior,”; He claimed responsibility for the fire on social media and threatened more violence, according to the release.


What's missing?

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #15)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 02:40 PM

22. Not anymore, every news outlet in town has the same story.

 

My original skepticism had to do with the 1st source, but like I said, everybody else has it now.
Although the references to Jussie Smolette and Bubba Wallace are par for the course here.

Ya know, I come back to town for a few days and this news breaks and a lumber train catches fire and collapses the bridge over Tempe Town Lake!

Good thing I'm leaving again tomorrow.

Train derailment, massive fire on bridge over Tempe Town Lake
"A scene from hell."
https://www.azfamily.com/news/train-derailment-massive-fire-on-bridge-over-tempe-town-lake/article_ce292ef0-d19e-11ea-a57f-7bc720db639f.html

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Response to John Drake (Reply #22)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 08:07 PM

36. Welcome to DU. Are you enjoying the RV'ing?

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Response to niyad (Reply #36)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 08:26 PM

37. Back on the road in the morning

 

2-3 days 0f 117 degrees heading to the Valley so none too soon.

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Response to John Drake (Reply #37)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 08:30 PM

38. Safe travels to you.

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Response to John Drake (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 02:42 PM

23. Looking at an Instagram page he runs, it almost appears he may have a mental disability.

He seems to be posting strange paranoia posts about Ivanka Trump being pregnant and cheating on her husband; then another post about psychological manipulation; and one a post about the police doing something to him.

He didn't seem as bad in the earlier posts, but the past month went down hill and viewers quit "liking" and commenting on his posts.

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Response to John Drake (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 02:56 PM

28. Phoenix Police and Fire Departments Joint Press Release

Phoenix Police Make Arrest in Connection With Fire at Democratic Party Headquarters
JULY 29, 2020 12:00 AM


The Phoenix Police Department has​ arrested a man in connection with a fire at the Maricopa County Democratic Party office building.

Matthew Egler was arrested Wednesday morning on arson charges. The 29-year-old was a former volunteer at the office but had recently been banned from continued volunteer service.

The fire happened after midnight on Friday, July 24 at the offices near Central and Thomas in Downtown Phoenix. ​​​​The fire was extinguished but not before causing substantial damage to the building.

Investigators from the Fire Investigation Task Force, comprised of the Phoenix Fire Department and Police Department and in partnership with the ATF, investigated the fire. Surveillance video showed a man arriving alone in a car in the overnight hours. The video shows the suspect breaking glass to get into the building and then lighting an incendiary fire inside. The man then drove off.

Task Force Investigators were able to link the vehicle from the surveillance video to a family member of Egler. The car was found abandoned in Chandler.

Further investigation revealed Egler had posted information on social media linking him to the crime and threatening additional violence.

Investigators found Egler at a family member’s home in Peoria. He was arrested and booked on one count of Arson of an Occupied Structure.

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Response to John Drake (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 02:58 PM

29. Democratic Leaders joint statement

Democratic leaders in a joint statement said they were "deeply saddened and shocked" by the news. Arizona Democratic Party Chairwoman Felecia Rotellini and Maricopa County Democratic Party Chairman Steven Slugocki said the fire by one of their own would not distract them in November.

"As we work to navigate the process of finding a new home, we want to express our humble thanks and deep appreciation to all those who have reached out during this challenging time and have made generous donations," their statement said. "We thank you from the bottom of our hearts."

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix-breaking/2020/07/29/police-arrest-matthew-egler-arizona-democratic-party-headquarters-fire/5536489002/

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Response to John Drake (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 03:28 PM

31. Taxi Driver

Remember that guy?

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #31)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 07:54 PM

35. Ha I was just going to post this

I was scrolling to see if anyone had also thought of Taxi Driver

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