The presence of a legally armed protester outside of Democratic congressional candidate Jane Dittmar’s campaign office in Fluvanna County on Thursday sparked some national attention the following day.
Social media posts were sent out from the campaign accounts of Dittmar, who is running for Virginia’s 5th Congressional District seat against state Sen. Tom Garrett Jr., R-Buckingham, with a picture of the protester, his truck and Donald Trump campaign signs outside of the office in Palmyra. The posts stated the person was armed and was making some of the campaign volunteers feel uncomfortable.
There is an armed man outside of our Fluvanna office intimidating volunteers - if you feel uncomfortable please contact 911 immediately. pic.twitter.com/QqbWtgkCkB— Jane Dittmar (@JaneDittmar2016) October 13, 2016
CBS19, a media partner of The Daily Progress, reported Thursday night that Daniel Parks, a Fluvanna County resident, stood outside the office for almost 12 hours to show his support for Trump.
“I’m just trying to provide a voice for someone who might be a closet supporter of Trump,” Parks told CBS19.
Another protester later joined him.
Su Wolff, a resident of Fluvanna County and volunteer for the Dittmar campaign, told CBS19 that she noticed Parks had a firearm, “which is legal, and is fine, but it’s intimidating.”
“If he wants to support his candidate, that’s fine, but don’t come here and stare into the office all day,” she told the TV station.
Since then, national media outlets such as Talking Points Memo, The Hill and Esquire have picked up the story. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee also acknowledged Thursday’s events.
Requests for information about any complaints or concerns fielded by the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office were not returned by press time.
Genni Cox, spokeswoman for the Dittmar campaign, said there did not appear to be anyone standing outside the campaign office on Friday.