March 24th, 2010
05:17 PM ET
5 years ago

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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soundoff (219 Responses)
  1. Luke Brown

    Welcome to America as envisioned by the GOP-Tea Party-Limbaugh-Beck crowd.

    By the way, all these people who think Congress provided health insurance for all Americans will be elated to learn that the plan left millions of poor people without health care coverage.

    Good work, guys.

    March 24, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. Karl

    Will this lead to the nuclear option within our borders? Shameful of the Right to bully others to get what they want...with the full backing of the Republicans in office.

    March 24, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Generally speaking, it is the hard core "Right" wing capitalist which opposes government participation in the service and/or protection of rank and file Americans.

    "Big Business" has tried to prevent and/or eliminate things like welfare, medicare, medicaid, OSHA and the like. Industry hired mercenaries were hired to break strikers (and their heads) to gain control of their "rightful" profits, at any cost.

    Thuggery is nothing new from the "Right."

    March 24, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. Independent

    The comments from Palin, Rush, Boehner, Bachmann, etc. have been reprehensible. Will the GOP please take some responsibility to tone down the inciteful rhetoric?

    March 24, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. anotherGDlefty

    Stay classy GOP'ers.

    Revolutions in America now happen at the ballot box, not the barrel of a gun or by tossed bricks.

    March 24, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Wanda

    Did anyone stop to think that maybe this is just a ploy of this democrat to get some sympathy because of his stupid vote. He has to get the attention off he vote and with the history of the party I can believe that not only this politician but the others that have jumped on the band wagon crying about threats are "telling untruths".. I know there are fruit cakes out there that do dumb things but I also know that there are politicians that will do anythign to get a vote. Really SAD!

    March 24, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. Jazzy

    I hope and pray that every single threat is followed up on and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

    March 24, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. sonny chapman

    Maybe the Right Wing nuts are right–the spirit of Hitler is still present in this Health Care fight.

    March 24, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    If you can't win on merit, intimidate, injure or kill opponents – a longstanding "Right" wing motto. Think of the Equal Rights struggle, for instance.

    March 24, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    This is the end result of GOPers turning the other way and allowing the bottom-feeder right fringe to run amok at their little tea parties. What else can you expect when 24% of these people think he's the Antichrist? And whose been feeding them that drivel and allowing it to fester and take root in their sick minds? The same folks that incite them to bring guns to their 'peacful' rallies.

    Come on GOP. How long will you stand irresponsibly by and silently nurture the madness that's brewing not too far beneath the surface. Let it be on YOUR head.

    March 24, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Lori

    Anymore threats made to the democrats that voted for the Health Care Bill is unacceptable.......no matter what party you are affiliated with you should express you discontent with this action.......When I read that some Republicans were standing on the ballony cheering on the protesters that just fans the Hate and Anger more.......this is the radical Tea Baggers that are going to going to bring the GOP down......

    March 24, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. duckunder

    This has no place in a democracy. As an independent, I will not vote for a party that condons, even with a little wink. Republicans better get their act together, or November will be nothing less than another butt kicking.

    March 24, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. Mark L.

    Really, this does not surprise me in the least. I've said it before and I'll say it again, the Grand Ol' Plunderers (GOP) movement and all their followers are made up of a bunch of nazi loving fascists. It's only a wonder these imbeciles haven't already tried something STUPID yet !!

    March 24, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Mickey

    Treat this as domestic terrorism, arrest those responsible and indict Limbaugh, Beck, everyone at FauxNews, Bachmann, Palin AND GOP lawmakers such as Boehnor, Cantor, McConnell, and McCain for incitement: saying NOTHING is just as bad as chiming in.

    GOP = Domestic Terrorists

    March 24, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. Mike C.

    Be afraid Democrats....be VERY afraid....(come november)

    March 24, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. FM

    This is ridiculous. When civilised people lose their battle, they just congratulate the winner and do not go for a revenge. Instead they pin point their weaknesses, and work hard to win the coming battle.

    March 24, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    These types of threats are a threat to our national security. The Government will find those who made these threats and unfortunate for them, their lives will never be the same.

    March 24, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. Marie MD

    And people still think that the birthers and tea partiers are not part of the problem?
    The quitter has been voicing hatred since her short lived (but long time on the front pages :( ) running with mccain, but her words and actions continue.
    The map with the crosshairs says everything we ever need to know about this woman. And we know more than I ever cared!
    This is what the right wing nutsos are all about. Those at faux news and limberger and the quitter and militia man in AL should be proud.

    March 24, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. Kevin in Ohio

    The democrats have sacrificed our financial security for the legacy of their false Messiah.

    March 24, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. The Great Northwest

    Is this anything new for the party that pretends to be so religious but only know two words NO,HATE and continues banning togather in tea partys to threaten and use their thug scare tactics.
    They dont represent the citizens all they are lobbying for is Re: Haliburton more of the same level to keep filling their pockets and all they do and intend to do is raise hell.
    They are idiots leading more idiots down the path of terror.

    March 24, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. mary

    Didn't you see this coming? Haven't you seen how very disrespectful people are toward the president? Listen to Fox News; President Bush is President Bust, President Obama is Barack Obama. They can't even dignify his name with his title. And people don't want to admit that there is too much racism in this culture?

    March 24, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. henriettap

    This is a sad state of affairs when people go to such lengths as making threats against someone that has tried to make life better for everyone.As I have said Reagan ask that the Berlin wall come down well we still have our invisible wall up here in the States.People are really showing just how much hatred there is in this great country of ours.I know that these people should think better of themselves then they would not have so much hatred for someone else,we are looking back at 40 some years when these things start to happen.It is time to realize that they are making it look bad for the REPUBLICANS becaues they in away have fanned the flames.

    March 24, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    Here's the quiet truth on the streets:

    Moderate Republicans across the country are distancing themselves from their Party, in disgust over how the rightwing nuts have taken over. They see that the GOP is imploding and disintegrating before their eyes. They are appalled at the behavior that has been tacitly encouraged by their Party leadership – and it fills them with shame.

    These Moderate Republicans may or may not vote for a Democrat – although I personally know several who did vote for President Obama.

    Those who can't bring themselves to vote across party lines will simply not vote in the next election cycle.

    March 24, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  24. LacrosseMom

    This is more proof of how the Republican hate, lies, fear and division strategy is hurting our nation!

    I fear that some rightwingnut will do something insane! All you have to do is listen Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck or Faux News to hear the hate rhetoric of the Conservatives!

    When will We, the People, say enough?!

    March 24, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. Grrr-Awful-O

    Increased threats? You mean like "we're going to vote you out of office"? Well, go figure, huh?

    March 24, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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