Thursday, March 25, 2010

Republican Tea Party Fanatics Target Bart Stupak

From CBS:

In the wake of his vote in favor of health care reform legislation, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), a strong opponent of abortion rights, has been on the receiving end of a string of extremely hostile and threatening messages, including death threats.

Stupak's office released some of those messages to CBS News, and you can listen to them in the video at left, which is also available here.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said today that more than 10 members of Congress have received threats in the wake of the health reform vote, and the FBI and police are investigating, CBS News Capitol Hill Producer Jill Jackson reports. The chief of the Capitol Police, the Sergeant at Arms and a representative from the FBI met with members this afternoon to encourage them to report all threats.

While the Capitol Police is in charge of security for members of Congress, the FBI is the lead agency in investigating threats against members and their families.

"All threats and incidents directed against Members of Congress are taken seriously and are being investigated by the FBI, U.S. Capitol Police and other law enforcement agencies to identify and bring to justice those responsible," FBI Public Information Officer Katherine Schweit said in a statement. "Anyone with information about those who may be responsible or are connected to these incidents should contact their local FBI office or police department."

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Anonymous said...

You should adjust your title...the article mentions one Tea Party member, and none of the messages in that report came from a self-proclaimed Tea Party member. Maybe those people are right-wing nut jobs, but that doesn't automatically mean they are part of the Tea Party. Please fix your title to reflect the facts.

Liberal Arts Dude said...

Again you show your true colors as your concern is NOT the safety of the Congressman or the breakdown of civil discourse in this country. Your concern is to deflect blame and responsibility off the Tea Parties for these incidents. You could care less about the safety of people or civil discourse.

Fact: the Tea Partiers have been carrying guns around in political meetings and using the rhetoric and imagery of guns and violence the past year in protests. Can you blame the general public for making a connection between that type of behavior and these violent threats?

The onus is on the Tea Parties to prove they are nothing but civic engagement and political engagement clubs -- and I doubt if that can ever be demonstrated.