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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  1. Bill

    Big surprise. The traitorous tea baggers have already used violence against those who don't think stupidly like themselves. Just wait, these people are just getting started.

    March 24, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  2. Shocked and ashamed

    Shame, shame, shame on those who practice violence, those who preach violence, and those who by their actions and rhetoric encourage the first two groups.

    March 24, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  3. Jim

    Ah yes, the true Republican way. Violence and hatred for all. Very patriotic. Tell me, Mr. Vanderboegh, what would YOU do if someone threw a brick through one of YOUR windows? Maybe we should encourage people to do that as well. But wait, I am also guessing you like to wear white sheets and set crosses on fire...

    March 24, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  4. Luvinia Knight

    Stupidity alone is what is provoking the violence and many in the Republican party is encouraging it.

    March 24, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  5. Dave have a tendency to rile up the populace when you use unconstitutional means to force something into law. Rather than have a bipartisan bill, for the last 1.3 years the Dems have shut out Republicans and this is how they finally pulled it off. When Republicans take the congress next year this will be reversed but the Dems did this knowing that because they want to take sole credit for the things that the Republicans will agree to pass. Not noted in news stories is that Republicans all along have agreed we should do something about the issues that this bill addresses immediately, where Repubs will disagree is what kicks in 4 years from now, and the sweetheart deals used to buy votes.

    March 24, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  6. Padraig

    I am for reform but not this plan. But, doing this is totally unacceptable.

    March 24, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  7. Carl in Alaska

    I'm with Mr. Vanderboegh on this issue. Since Congress passed a bill which ultimately will force all Americans to buy health insurance, those who voted for it need to feel pain. I hope they break more than just windows.

    March 24, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  8. D.R. Williams

    The rising number of incidents like those reported have me very concerned that violence towards our government officials will occur. It is incredibly sad and frightening that our political discourse has sunken to this level. I truly believe the far-right rhectoric across the airwaves and in some demonstartions is feeding the fire of violence. I find it so dissappointing that our politicians from the Republican party are not standing up to reject the voices of hatred and racism and violence. Their silence makes them culpable. Even if you believe it is just a "few rotten apples" or nutcases out there- our acceptance and failure to condemn these acfions is inexcusable.

    March 24, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. Rev Moses Woodruff Jr

    This country has a respectable history of non violent protest to government action. The recent actions of some against the health care bill passed by encouraging or participating in violence, is un-American! Please, I hope and pray that these persons do not consider themselves Christian. Honest dialogue, registering to vote, the respect of the ballot, and respect for the winners when the opposition has won, THAT IS THE AMERICAN WAY!

    March 24, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  10. Betty in Arizona

    I thought inciting violence has always been against the law. Republicans who stood on the balconey of our capital should be ashamed of the heat they are causing with Americans. Those voters whose states these ELECTED officials live in, should be shown the door come Nov. We as Americans are better than this, and we teach our children better than this. Looks far to much like the past to me. The decade of the 60's come to my mind. It was a nasty time then and it is a nasty time now. Some one is going to get killed, then who will be held responsible, the GOPers, the rock throwing blogger. Someone should. This is insane.

    March 24, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  11. Walter

    Sounds like life in the Weimar Republic.

    March 24, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  12. not afraid of hate.

    Per Michael B. Vanderboegh of Pinson, Alabama: "My answer is violence, by getting their attention," he said, adding, "If we can get across to the other side, that they are within inches of provoking a civil war in this country, then that's a good thing."

    I have a response to this domestic terrorist – you will not win by means of threats and violence, you will only suceed in proving your irrelevance, ignorance and intolerance.

    There's a nice orange jumpsuit awaiting you on a little island called Cuba. Hope you enjoy waterboarding.

    March 24, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  13. Sadie

    The finger of blame for inciting violence can be pointed directly at the new darling of The Discovery Channel, Sarah Palin.

    March 24, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  14. Washingtonian

    It appears the liberal media has now begun another battle by linking anyone who was opposed to the health care reform proposal with those individuals who make threats or act stupidly. I was and still am opposed to the new law but I'm not going to throw bricks, spit on someone, or anything like that. However, I do understand that not everyone can hold their anger like I do. But I don't want to be associated with those who do. The democrats used every dirty trick in the book to achieve their goals and don't seem to care that the majority of Americans did not want this. But now that they have forced this on us, then they should expect the repercussions. They;ve invaded our wallets with this law and now have their talons focused on Wall Street to dig even deeper into my pockets. Yes, opponents of this administration are angry.

    March 24, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  15. Jon

    This is a shamed excuse for the democRATs to cover their irresponsibility to waste taxpayers' money for their socialism engineering in the United States of America. It is likely a big lie as always for the democRATs.

    March 24, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  16. Ken in Atlanta

    Everyone in America should be appalled at these TERRORISTS. The GOP can not whip up and incite an angry mob and these cower behind it. You cannot hold the leash of an attack dog while it attacks someone and then claim "But wait, it's not my dog." If anyone is hurt because of these "protesters" the blood will be on the GOP's hands. Words have consequences and the words and messages that are coming from the GOP are vile, dangerous, unAmerican, and irresponsible. As an independent, I could never vote for people who encourage and condone this sort of behavior. The GOP can NEVER!!! again call itself the party of family values or values voters. If so, I would like to know what kind of "values" would they call their current actions?

    March 24, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  17. Sickntired

    I support health care reform.
    It's been a long time coming.
    I've been frustrated and angry at rising costs and exclusions resulting in profits for the health insurers, and inferior care for Americans.
    I've been incredibly angry at Republican obfuscation to deal with it over the last 20 years.
    I never encouraged anybody to throw bricks through windows to force the issue though.
    Tea Baggers want fair weather democracy and foul weather fascism.
    They are not to be taken lightly– a dangerous mix of ignorance and anger– they do not even realize they are tools of Corporate greed. This is how Hitler gained momentum in Germany and McCarthyism in the US.
    Pay attention to these nascent domestic terrorists.

    March 24, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  18. Equality for all

    "My answer is violence, by getting their attention," he said, adding, "If we can get across to the other side, that they are within inches of provoking a civil war in this country, then that's a good thing."

    This is a sad and sickening statement. The civil war is over. The racists lost. This new health insurance reform bill is legal, constitutional, and will benefit all Americans. The anger from those that promote violence stems from their fear of becoming the minority in this country.

    March 24, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  19. sifto77

    i would have to have proof of these allegations to take them seriously..we never did get the proof of racist and gay remarks accused of people by the democrats-all for sympathy if they have no proof–that could all be fixed by dems and i would not put it past them..they know this is a fiasco....

    March 24, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  20. deb

    All of the "teaparty" nutcases are out in full force. What a bunch of crazy people! None of you has a conscience or cares at all about the future of this country! Don't any of you realize that if people don't have health care that it is bad for the WHOLE country???!!! It's a domino effect. We are ALL affected when too many of our people are down and out. And for the idiots who keep ranting "just get a job" – why don't you people get a clue! There are no jobs. Having a huge percentage of unemployed Americans is NOT good for the country as a whole. Why can't you people see outside of the bubble you live in? What ignorance!

    March 24, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  21. ColoradoCat

    I'd love it if Rod Sterling was alive today and could create for us a Twilight Zone episode depicting those who use threats, fear, and violence to fight something which HELPS so many people.

    Just imagine if one of these individuals, after months of violent protests and threats, finally got his way and the health care bill was totally scrapped. Then, one day, he finds himself in a bind and without insurance or the funds to cover medical treatment. On his death bed, his last words are, "If there only was a law...."

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

    It's the republican leadership that is inciting these fools to threaten those that they disagree with!

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

    There "might" be a few fringe nuts willing to show their stupidity. I wouldn't put the radical element in our gov't to pull a stunt of this sort to try to stir up a good "crisis thats too good to waste"

    March 24, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  24. andrew

    oh please, where we these same folks while people hanged dolls of George Bush or when movies about killing George Bush were made. This is just their effort to try a paint anyone who is against them as wacky violent right wing extremists. There trying to take the actions of a very very limited few and paint everyone who is against them with the same brush. They wont have to worry much longer anyway because they are going to be voted out of office over the next two elections.

    March 24, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  25. Slider

    While no American condones violence when voting is the best thing, I just have one question to ask...

    How's that great, big gavel feel now, Nancy?

    March 24, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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