March 24th, 2010
05:17 PM ET
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House members report increased threats since health care vote


Washington (CNN) - House Democrats are concerned about their security due to increased threats since Sunday's vote to pass the health care bill, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Wednesday.

Hoyer told a news conference that "a significant number, meaning over 10," had reported either threats, vandalism or other incidents.Capitol police officials have briefed House Democrats on reporting suspicious or threatening activity and taking precautions to avoid "subjecting themselves or their families to physical harm," said Hoyer, D-Maryland.

Earlier Wednesday, the Albemarle County Fire Marshal's Office in Virginia confirmed the FBI was investigating a suspicious incident at the home of Virginia Democratic Rep. Tom Perriello's brother, days after the brother's home address was posted online by a Tea Party activist.

An aide to Perriello told CNN that a line to the propane tank on his brother's gas grill had been severed.

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  1. CNN Watchdog

    You're going to see a lot of these "security" stories in the coming months. What they reallt want is protection from those pesky voters in November!

    March 24, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  2. Squigman

    Gee! I wonder if any of the blame for this could be placed at the doorstep of FOX broadcasting ? The constant hatred from the likes of Rush, Glen, Hannity, Coulter, and the rest of the extreme right wing mis-information mongers just may be a little to blame for the threats. But, then again the people who listen to these so called (news people/entertainers), should be old enough, and mature enough to vent their displeasure in a more civilized manner, at the ballot box. Oh wait, then they'd be made fun of by their peers for being liberal.

    March 24, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. JoJo

    Right now the Democrats have only one hope to win the mid-term election or the 2012 election if they are the only party running. Any Republican seated in the House, the Senate, the Congress or any bench on a street somewhere might have a chance to win. They should save their fears for then. Right now nothing going to happen to them. And obviously they are not going to win my sympathy.

    March 24, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  4. John From Brooklyn

    It goes to show that Repulicans and thir folloers are not about ideas or policies...they are about power and brute force. Sadly, the republicans have become the party of "no" and the party of violence.

    March 24, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  5. Jerry - Florida

    Oh, oh, some of the traitor Democrats are crying foul. Where were this wimps when Republican offices were being damaged and candidates threatened during the last election. There was speculation that NObama's supporters were the culprits. There was no outcry about an investigation.

    Also, how many of these reports have been fabricated? Democrats have lied about almost everything, including healthcare. Democrats that live in glass houses should refrain from trowing stones.

    In case some of you are wondering, YES. I am a life-long Democrat. However. I hate it when my political party representatives lie their heads off just to please NObama.

    Of course they have an excellent teacher (NObama). But that is not a legitimate excuse.

    So man up fellow Democrats.

    March 24, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  6. Greg Hodges

    Republicans have hit an all time low. This is even worse than McCarthyism; even in those dark days people were not being threatened by physical violence for being "gasp" a liberal. Facism is alive and well in the good olde U.S.of A. in the 21st Century. T

    March 24, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  7. Robert

    And I say the first time anyone is harmed by any of these tea bagging nutjobs, when they find the person they should immediately execute them.

    Enough of the crap already. The tea partiers need to understand this country has a political process and they will win some and lose some. When you lose you lose. That is it. You don't start threatening and carrying out violence.

    Execute them for any deaths they cause and it will put an end to this revolution crap right away..

    March 24, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  8. Emma

    Although the GOP is saying this is not their way of responding when they disagree, the Republican Senators were catalysts to this kind of behavior with statements like "Over my dead body will this bill pass" and numerous other ugly comments they reiterated.

    March 24, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  9. John D

    What a complete crock of Bull! His brother should not have cut the line himself. The only place any one is being threatened at is at the polls when you're voted out for being disgustedly unamerican!

    March 24, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  10. Tune in to FOX for news

    Give me a break. You know the Dems are making all of this up to try to deflect from the fact that they are an arrogant bunch of idiots.

    March 24, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  11. Patt

    In any group you can get idiots that shout hate. To play if over & over just adds to it. When tea partiers were called names no one seemed to mind or keep playing it. Considering how congress stole our rights & forced health care they should expect anger, not hate but real anger. CNN try reporting all sides not government run media

    March 24, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  12. A Real American

    Actually, no need to go to Civil War II (in which we hand these traitors their asses again, and afterwards, Reconstruct these traitors again), as one of the nutjobs threatens.

    Instead, let's just let the traitors secede. That will be the moment they discover how little we need or want them.

    March 24, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  13. all the news that's fit to omit

    Need to bring the tea partiers down, so the Democrats are doing just what they have done before by "inventing" a boogeyman.

    The tape of the whole march on Sunday with sound was shown and NOBODY came near anyone and NOT ONE swear or statement was made in FACT the only swear uttered at all was by Joe "bleeping" Biden.

    Page 312 of the Saul Alinsky manual people and BASED ON NOTHING, the compliant media will run with it.

    Selected, elected and now protected by the media.

    March 24, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  14. mitchell wnorowski

    Republicans are not going to rapture! One day they'lll find out that God is a Democrat! Rush & the Republicans could not me more wrong! Jesus is ashamed of them! Christians are supposed to be charitable and civil, not hate mongers. It's as if they are trying to fight the civil war again. I'm a Yankeee living in the south for over twenty years and Johnny Reb still won't admit they were wrong!

    March 24, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  15. southern cousin

    I am sure this is part of the liberal strategy to to demean, defame and denigrate those opposed to the big steal passed last Sunday. They said Obozo had developed a strategy to deal with it and it looks like the sneaky thieving union toady is implementing it.

    March 24, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  16. Kate

    The republicans have brought on this on, by their hateful talk and actions.
    Sarah Palin is using domestic terriorist remarks by saying reload and posting the cross hairs map on her facebook. This woman is inciting violence and she needs to quit.

    March 24, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  17. ronvan

    And I bet the republicans, tea party, and all the other idiot groups are just smiling! If found I would treat them as domestic terrorists and let them sing from Gitmo!

    March 24, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  18. Sue

    Typical CNN AGAIN!!!!

    When Senator Bunning was holding up the vote extending unemployment benefits, he was also receiving threats.

    Where was your story about that????

    March 24, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  19. Dave, the Truthteller

    Democrats whipping up false claims and planting agitators in crowds – Chicago style politics galore. Those that don't see through this are idiots!

    March 24, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
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