Arizona Jewish candidate’s driveway vandalized with swastika, slurs

Julie Wiener

(JTA) — A Jewish man campaigning for a seat in Arizona’s state legislature found anti-Semitic messages spray-painted on his driveway.

Adam Stevens of San Tan, a suburb of Phoenix, discovered a swastika and the words “Go Home Jew” spray-painted on his driveway Friday morning, The Arizona Republic reported Monday. A swastika also was painted on one of Stevens’ campaign signs nearby.

Stevens is one of four Republican candidates running in an Aug. 30 primary for a seat in the state legislature. He reported the vandalism to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating.

Stevens, 31, tied the vandalism to the campaign, saying the rhetoric in the race has been “personal” and “very hateful.”

According to the Republic, Stevens rejected suggestions that the vandalism might be a ploy to draw attention to his campaign.

“Anyone who would say that is disgusting,” he said. “I come from a family of Holocaust survivors.”