Police in Pennsylvania said on Tuesday that the tombstone of Hillary Clinton’s father had been knocked over in a possible case of vandalism, the Scranton Times-Tribune newspaper reported, days after she announced her presidential bid.
A person at the Washburn Street Cemetery reported that the gravestone of Hugh Rodham had been overturned, Scranton Police Chief Carl Graziano told the newspaper.
“I’m not sure how else it would have fallen over,” Scranton Police Chief Carl Graziano told the Scranton Times-Tribune.
Paul McGloin says he was driving by the Washburn Street Cemetery Monday afternoon when he noticed the headstone wasn`t on its base.
“I pass here five, six times a day because I live two blocks from here and when I looked I couldn`t believe it, to see that it was tipped over,” said McGloin.
McGloin has taken care of the grave since meeting the Clintons during Rodham`s funeral in 1993. He feels it`s too much of a coincidence with Hillary launching her presidential bid over the weekend. McGloin thinks this was intentional.
“And all of a sudden the headstone is tipped over, two days later. And like I said, as long as I`ve been coming here, the headstone has been pretty secured around the base of it,” said McGloin.
Scranton police say they will be looking into any number of reasons as to how the headstone ended up on the ground. They do say no other headstones were reported to have been knocked over during that time.
Police say one of those causes could be weather related.
Neil Regan, the funeral director who organized Rodham`s funeral, says it`s possible that it`s weather, but he doesn`t think that`s what happened.
“The more I thought about it, there were no serious winds or weather events yesterday and Paul McGloin told me he had driven by here eight o`clock yesterday morning and the stone was in place,” said Regan.
The police department in Scranton could not immediately be reached for comment. Hillary Clinton, who begins the 2016 presidential race as the Democratic front-runner, revealed her candidacy on Sunday.