Ft. Wayne RNC Delegate Gets I-D Stolen by Protest Group

By Jeff Neumeyer

June 18, 2010 Updated Sep 8, 2008 at 6:21 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- It turns out a protest aimed at disrupting events at last week's Republican National Convention had a Fort Wayne connection.

Fort Wayne realtor Annie Eckrich says her stolen identification was used by operatives to illegally gain entry onto the convention floor.

Eckrich, who was an alternate delegate to the Republican Party extravaganza in Minneapolis- St. Paul, says she didn't know anything about what happened until a reporter called her, asking if she'd handed over her credentials to protesters.

The story has gotten national attention on several political blogs.

One of those blogs has displayed a picture of a simple badge with Eckrich's name on it that was used by members of a group called "Code Pink" to get into one of the prime time convention speeches.

Eckrich says a badge was left for her at a National Realtors Association reception that she never attended.

Instead, it appears the "Code Pink" members got their hands on it, and got in the convention to make a scene.

Annie Eckrich/I.D. Stolen at RNC: " It's a mystery to me, but obviously those people are very experienced at doing it, so somehow or another they did it. These people are angry people for some reason. I don't know if it was the way they were raised, um, I don't know why they have so much hatred in them, but they do."

Eckrich is particularly upset that a “Code Pink” press release suggested credentials were handed over by a disgruntled republican delegate.

She says she's firmly behind McCain, especially after the selection of Sarah Palin as McCain’s Vice-Presidential running mate.

Protesters were out in force all week in Minneapolis.

Eckrich said she was afraid to take a cab to many downtown events.

This election has stirred up an unprecedented amount of interest and emotion that will likely continue to run high through November 4th.

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