March 24th, 2010
05:17 PM ET
4 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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  1. EMJ

    I live outside Chicago and my neighbor across the street is one of those racist hateful, where'd my white America go people. I was thinking last night – why do the people who proclaim themselves to be true Christians turn around and do extremely un Christian things. Health Care for example. I think Jesus wants us to help the poor but these Christian Republicans say screw the poor people with no health care, I got mine so screw everybody else. I don't understand why these people don't see their party is all about corporations hidden inside phoney reteric. I'm not even a proclaimed Christian but I try to be a good person. These people are sad.

    March 24, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. NC

    All Americans need to speak out against those that are threatening the House Democrats, or threatening anyone. This is a CRIME and decent Americans WILL NOT STAND FOR IT. We are a Civilized Society and WILL NOT LIVE BY MOB RULE.

    March 24, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. Too True For You

    What do you expect when the radical right is manipulating ignorant gun-totin' paranoid nutjobs to "stand up for their rights"?

    When they they denigrate "patriotism" to the level of a spoiled 5 year old by winking at destroying property, threatening people, spitting on them and calling them vile names?

    When these looney-tunes see their own "leaders" transparently pandering with cynically crafted "emotional outbursts" interrupting the President of the United States? The very office that a short while ago they were crying to anyone who would listen that them commie libruls "weren't respecting"?

    March 24, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. Independent One

    If someone gets hurt....their blood will be on the repubs hands...they are inciting hateful bigotry

    March 24, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. Elizabeth

    The Republicans or Tea party Idiots that are threatening these people should go to jail as enenmy combatants.

    March 24, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. Tram

    What does anyone expect? The GOP and their followers have become terrorists. Why are they not being arrested by Homeland Security?

    March 24, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. Michael from Ventura

    Front page news! Show those people for what and who they are!! Their ancestors were probably wearing brown shirts in Germany during the 30's. And they call themselves "patriots".........just as the brown shirts did.

    March 24, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. Mike D

    CNN, what are you fishing for here?

    March 24, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  9. Indy

    The GOP (Grand Opposition Party) has incited hate and the Tea party has incited fear and this is what comes from all the lies and hate. These Republicans, Sarah Palin, Limbaugh,Beck, Hannity, Bachmann all sit on their piles of money that have made by spreading hate, fear and lies. What a great country when you can get all your cult members to do your criminal deeds, while you count your cash.

    March 24, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. rs

    Democrats may have verbally trashed Bush & Co. over their disasterous 8 years in office, but there were never physical threats or intimidation. The GOP and their Tea Party have become America's Taliban. We ought to consider treating them like terrorists. They hate America, and only want to bring chaos to the political process.

    March 24, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. jojomcgee

    There were predictions weeks ago that since this was going to be so close that the Democrats would begin manufacturing false reports of threats. Appears as if that has begun.

    All Hail The Obama !!!

    March 24, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  12. Marc

    Of course they are concerned.
    The opposition have become refractory to logic and truth, so all its needed is an idiot with a gun and there's a 'patriot act' (for the crackpots like Repent Amarillo) or an abject act of treason (for the rest of the US CITIZENS) to happen!

    March 24, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. lovable liberal

    Why isn't this Vanderboegh guy in jail?

    March 24, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. jojomcgee

    When Bush was president it was chic on the part of the smart set (Dems, Hollywood, CNN types) to favor his assasination. But CNN never gave it a headline like this.

    March 24, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. Steven

    Does anyone else see the irony in Limbaugh and Beck screaming "fascist! fascist!" while their 'officially unaffiliated' brownshirts engage in intimidation and (now it appears with the Perriello incident) actions that clearly cross the line from free speech into criminal action? I am gravely concerned that the flames these mouthpieces are fanning will soon be beyond their control. I am forced to wonder: if even one person (average citizen or politician) suffers physical harm as a result of these irresponsible tactics . . . will Rush and Glen stand up and admit that they are the true enemies of democracy?

    March 24, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. Texas Granny

    What an incredibly sad commentary on Americans.
    How pathetic it is to first of all want to deny every American decent health care coverage.
    But more importantly, how pathetic that we as human beings would suggest resorting to physical violence just because we disagree with someone.
    Truly a sad commentary on the loss of civility as human beings.

    March 24, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. Ed

    Domestic terrorisms warrants a swift and powerful response from the Secret Service and FBI. If we can lock up teenagers for a few years for possession of a half pound of marijuana we should lock up those that threaten our government for decades.

    March 24, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. Tim

    If someone is harmed, this idiot as well as the the Republicans (Rush Limbaugh, Hanity, and the like) should be sued for inciting violence!!!

    March 24, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  19. Pragmatic

    The prelude was Palin whipping up the mob with her "terrorist" comments. It's the incivility at town meetings. It's guns brought to events where President Obama is speaking.

    Notice that most of the threatened violence is against Democrats. Someone is going to get killed and the right-wing "entertainers" who enjoy great ratings (huge bucks) for encouraging hatred had better watch their inflamed rhetoric. Not all the people who listen to them have elevators that go all the way to the top!

    March 24, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  20. victor E. Gutierrez

    This individual is crazy. Republicans are more into " you do it my way or....". As far as I am concern it is crazy.

    March 24, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. Stop taking my taxes

    Bet these little yellow back sissys want the military to protect them now! The same one the try and destroy. That is why there are no real men who are democants and the woman all look like uncles.

    March 24, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. charlie

    More instances of domestic terrorism...when will the news media and the law enforcement admit that flying planes into IRS buildings, shooting federal officers, and other acts of violence and intimidation toward the governement and government officials by American citizens is terrorism and respond accordingly?

    March 24, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. Andy from NY

    All that is absent here are the lions and tigers and other assorted beasts of the earth in an amphitheater venue like the Roman Coliseum with the RNC being the Romans and the Dems as the Christians. But in this day and age, the RNC would be selling PSLs.

    March 24, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  24. Barbara

    This is predictable. From the beginning of President Obama's campaign against John McCain the rhetoric forward from the right has escalated to the degree that insult and vilification of President Obama has reached historic heights.

    It's not hard to make the assumption that the idea of having a man of color in the "White" House is the underlying impetus to this madness. This, now, translates into violence towards those who have voted for legislation that allows the President to fulfill the hallmark promise of his campaign. Imagine that! – against all odds – the President kept his word!

    March 24, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. Sandy

    Why isn't this front page news! CNN has it hidden in the ticker!

    March 24, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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