March 24th, 2010
05:17 PM ET
8 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. Lin from Arkansas

    Tea partiers=toxic assets for the Repubs

    March 24, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Kevin

    The GOP needs to get rid of their archaic beliefs left over from the Civil War and evolve into the real present day. Violence is not going to solve any of this countries social ills, it will only create more.

    March 24, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  3. mpi

    While Detroit is basically the only city fixated on when there is news in the State of Michigan, the true Michigan is where Stupac is from the lilly white fields of Michigan. I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. People think Arizona is racist but Michigan has them beat and as far as Stupack and anyone who was born and raised in Michigan knows, it is dangerous to egg these violent people on. There is no reasoning with these type of people who sit around their dinner tables/bbq parties with neighbors and plot harm. It is reminiscent of the 1960's on race and women some of which unfortunately still linger today. How sad. How far we have come so much further to go.

    March 24, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. Barbara Independent in NY

    So Media, are you going to continue to soft soap and legitimize these domestic terrorists? In this country, if we don't like someone's politics, we vote them out of office. The tea partiers are nothing more than home grown anarchists.

    March 24, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. Howard

    Not surprising since one congressman sold out his constituents for a RIDE on Air Force One. I'll bet he did not ask if he could bring some of his constituents along.

    March 24, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  6. adlangx

    Bring it on. If you think a few bricks through windows are going to make me hide away in fear be prepared for a surprise.

    Typical cowardly bully. Gets others to do his dirty work and then talks tough. Get out from behind your computer tough guy.

    March 24, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. StevieB

    And we are supposed to take conservatives/republicans/tea partiers seriously when they can't even behave like civilized human beings?

    March 24, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. one voice

    The Republicans represent fear-mongering, hate, lies and deception, racism, Corporate rule, war and trickle-down economics. Democrats represent equality to all, phyisical responsibility, love and harmony. Your choice.

    March 24, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. CleanShirt

    Let's resort to violence because we cannot get our own way. Rioting is the way to go eh. So typical. Rather than look at the benefits of the deal, we resort to violence

    March 24, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  10. portia

    Yeesh, one'd think that we, being a civilized nation, ought to be above petty violence and vandalism. It is one thing to disagree with someone else's politics (which is all well and good); it is something entirely different to act upon that disagreement by threatening someone else's health and safety. Democrat, Republican, or otherwise, such behavior is always reprehensible.

    March 24, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  11. J

    Gotta love the Repugnant party.

    March 24, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. joe

    Its probably Democrats threatening Democrats. Just ask Congressmen Bart Stupac.

    March 24, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  13. Awsome

    So i guess this blogger from Pinson, Alabama also thought that the Civil Rights movement was"within inches of provoking a civil war in this country".

    March 24, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. mama panda

    The health care bill is tyrannical - but using violence to force people to accept your way of thinking isn't? Oh, my.

    March 24, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  15. Max

    I hope the republicans are happy with the monster they've created.

    March 24, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  16. Cody

    A health care plan written by a committee whos chairman says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn't read it but exempts themselves from it, signed by a President who also hasn't read it and smokes, administered b a Treasury Chief who didn't pay his taxes, overseen by a Surgeon General who is obese, and financed by a country that's broke. What could people possibly be upset about?

    The truth hurts.

    March 24, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  17. MnMary

    What is WRONG with these people?!!! Is violence the right-wing GOP's only answer to everything??? I hope these nuts get found out, arrested, and rot in jail for their terrorist tactics!!! And they are the ones complaining about the "illegality" of the health care law - yet they think nothing of breaking the law for their own purposes... I didn't realize we had so many wackos in the good ol' USA (so sad).

    March 24, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. Larry

    I would like to know why Mr.Vanderboegh is not under arrest for inciting terrorism.This crap needs to stop!If he admits inciting violent acts where innocent people could get hurt, it is time for jail.My understanding is he is a government freeloader that hates the government. He is no patriot! He is an ignorant coward.Your side lost! Get over it!

    March 24, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  19. Nobody Special

    Message from Congress, POTUS: "Hi America. Welcome to being part of a civilized world. We have enacted healthcare reform after many years of watching the for-profit healthcare system rip you off and let you die. Congratulations, America! Take a sigh of relief and go to work without the worry you once had."

    Reply from Uneducated Americans: "Let's kill them basterds!"

    I mean, really! What is going on here?

    I think I understand the right wing's love of cutting education funding: The dumber they are, the more likely they are to lean to the right…the FAR right.

    March 24, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  20. Marcia Banta

    Both the Republicans and CNN seem to have this tepid "we wish you wouldn't but understand if you do" response. Where is the outrage? These acts...and the incitement (overt or covert) that promotes them...are no different than Al Qaida, Timothy McVeigh or the Weather Underground. UnAmerican. UnPatriotic. UnAcceptable.

    Silence is consent.

    March 24, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  21. April

    So...what is it called when people use violence or threats of violence against others to intimidate or attain political goals? Oh, right. It's called terrorism.

    Keep making America proud.

    March 24, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  22. Richard

    "House members report increased threats since health care vote". Is this the America that we know..., I am amazed about this!.

    March 24, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  23. yen

    If the GOP think that they can win the American people by threats and negativity, that is pathetic.They will continue to lose.

    March 24, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  24. seigell

    There's a few who should be expecting visits from their regional FBI Office...

    March 24, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  25. Beverly - NYC

    Why isn't Mr. Vanderboegh doing this interview from jail. Just becaude he doesn't wear a turban and have an American name for inciting terrorism and violence? These yahoos should remenber that violence cuts both ways. What civil war is he talking about? Oh yeah I terrified of some red faced, obese, southerner.

    March 24, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
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