Missouri representative says arson suspect is ex-campaign worker

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 | 9:35 p.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — State Rep. Russ Carnahan says the man suspected of causing a small fire in his campaign headquarters last week had been fired from the campaign.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Carnahan held a news conference Wednesday to address online reports about the suspect's identity.

The Democratic congressman said the man had worked one week as a paid canvasser for his campaign but was fired for not doing his job.

The man has not been identified by name by Carnahan or police, who described him only as 50 years old. No charges have been filed.

Firefighters responded early in the morning on Aug. 17 to the south St. Louis campaign office after someone, upon hearing glass breaking and smelling smoke, had called 911. An incendiary device had been thrown into a back room, where minor damage occurred.


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