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. normajean

    It looks like the "Tea Partiers" are going to take their nasty words up a notch or two and go into action. Go for it "partiers"...the more of this stuff you pull, the more the Democrats and some independents are going to bypass your Republican overseers. Some years back we used to call people like you "rabblerousers"However when I was a kid, we used to call you "white trash". I am an old white., I remember.you. You can't get things your way, so it's fun to destroy what the other guy has. until somebody catches up to you and stops you.

    March 24, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. LarryLWynn

    This vanderboegh, is nothing but a cowardly childish mentally immature rug rat of somehing.I would be willing to say he has never earned his right to live in this country by serving in the military during war time.

    March 24, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. Jim

    Violence is the only thing Neocons know. They spew hate, love guns and believe only they have a God given right to America. Most have as perverted view of Christianity as Muslim extremists have of Islam.

    "Love thy neighbor as yourself"? Not a chance! Not unless they are the same color, the same religion, vote the same way, open carry a gun or two, support wars that are based in lies while saying that they are prolife. They call themselves patriots while the refuse to support a democraticly elected President and government elected by a large majority of Americans. I find that truly unpatriotic and even subversive. It becomes treason when these people become violent or promote violence. In Iraq, we call people like that insurgents. God Help America!

    March 24, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  4. Joel Miller

    While the sore losers in Congress come up with every procedural trick they can think of to sabotage health care legislation after the fact, their Tea Party shock troops are publishing names and addresses of Democratic Congressmen on the Internet. Why would they do this if not to target them for physical violence or intimidation. The Tea Party movement are proving themselves to be a bunch of racist thugs.

    March 24, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  5. Perusing-through

    IT IS TIME THE FBI BEGIN ARRESTING THOSE WHO WHIP UP VIOLENCE AGAINST NATIONAL LEADERS . . . .

    . . . starting with Sarah Palin who used a slew of weapon's terminology and cross-hair symbols on her web page to direct supporters to start "aiming" and "targeting" Democrats who voted YES for healthcare reform.

    TO IGNORE THESE PEOPLE IS TO CONSENT TO THIER VIOLENT MANNERISM. ARREST THEM NOW!

    March 24, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  6. Eli

    Are they really suprised? You completely ignore the will of the American people, pass clearly unconstitutiional legislation and then cry about the threats. Tyranny is a problem that may have to be met with force. Im tired of the constitution hating liberals and all their hate. All they do is call whoever disagrees wth them racists. If they want to see the real racists they should look in the mirror or go speak to their senator Byrd. There is no racism in standing up for the Constitution and rule of law. They criticize neocons, but honestly they are both equally evil. If congress refuses to follow the constitution and listen to the people mere threats will be the least of our worries. If the American people were not so selfish and stupid we wouldn't even be in this mess. Obama supporters and neocons this is your mess and we will clean it up. Revolution is coming albeit hopefully peaceful but if not the tree of liberty must be watered.

    March 24, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  7. marie

    We need to have the people encouraging violence to be investigated. Sarah Palin's "it's time to reload" comment, her map with crosshairs, Limbaugh's "we need to take these B....stards out" comment, the spitting on African American Congressman, the racial slurs, the attack on the man with Parkinsans, the brick throwing, the death threats, it's all disgusting. This Independent who has voted Repubican occasionally is done with this party, what kind of people belong to the Republican Party, I bet you go to church every Sunday, and hate your neighbor the rest of the week. Hypocrites who call themselves true Americans, in reality Republicans have know idea what American values are. Hate and more hate, that's what you know.

    March 24, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  8. mms55

    i have said since the pres. canpaign that all this hate would come back and bite the republicans in the ass and now its here! i hope americans will stand up against this kind of hate and fear and take back their country from this lunitic fringe! god help us!

    March 24, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  9. Albo58

    Before the lib press or the Dimwits spin the story to accuse the Tea Party or Republican Party folks, let's all agree that a wacko is a wacko and there is no room for mindless violence in our country!

    March 24, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  10. ANTHONY

    Surprising? In the 60's they burned crosses to get their points across as well.

    Dear RightWing America... the middle class took the country back, and we're spreading some wealth around to those that actually work hard everyday. You elite and self-entitled can whine and threaten all you want, but you still keep coming up short at the ballot box. The gig is up. Its time to help rebuild this country or get youre treacherous selves out!

    March 24, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  11. shs

    This is getting to be too much like the abortion provider hit lists. Repub and Dem leadership need to stand together and denounce this. Do the Repubs have the integrity to do so after having encouraged it?

    March 24, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  12. Steven

    Does this really surprise anyone ????? Come on !!!!! Right wing talk radio, for over a decade, has been whipping up and promoting hatred against any opposing views with the, often, silent approval Republican and conservative leaders. Now add to that an African-American in the White House over the last 15 months and the lies spread by the right about the health care legislation and you have a recipe for disaster. There is a reason that nations like Germany and Canada have laws curbing hate speech. I don't see political discourse in those nations being curbed, heck, they go at it tooth and nail and really loud at times ..... but they don't tolerate the kind of filth and vile that has been coming out from the far right radicals. I don't think we should tolerate it anymore. Bigotry and hatred are not illegal, but incitement to violence by feeding them should be.

    March 24, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  13. Jim

    It's time for those who care for peace, justice, equality and fairness for ALL people, to boycott and write or call all advertisers that sponsor TV , radio or internet programs that promote violence, intolerance and hate. Vote with your money!

    March 24, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  14. al in memphis

    This has been simmering since the election in which people push the edge when they tried to associate Obama with things that just does not make sense. Remember the 'paling around with terrorist" , socialist, marxist, and other name tags that American associate as enemy to our freedom and ways of being free market people.

    You have extermist in every group, but some of these Republican followers think it is their duty to foster this "enemy of America" attitude. That is straight out of Hannitism and Limbaughism and shows you the power of the un-informed.

    March 24, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  15. normajean

    I partially blame the republican partyleaders for a lot of this damage being done to property because of their encouragment of any form of uncivil action.Even Boehner calls it "a few isolated incidents".What will he call it when someone gets killed or someones property damaged irrevocably. If there ever was any integrity or character in the Republican part, it is now GONE.

    March 24, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  16. Donna from Colorado Springs

    This behavior is outrageous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If Republicans or their family were getting death threats from Democrats, it would be cause for legal action by the Republicans! Boehner comes out with this farce of a statement about the actions of his own party, and everything is just supposed to be just fine now! Something has to be done to control these maniacs before they cause physical harm to someone. I've never seen such childish behavior in my life! The Tea party idiots and their political party refuses to accept the fact that THEY LOST!!!!!!!!! I hope that the FBI throws the lot of them in jail and throws away the keys!

    March 24, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  17. Mark Egger

    So these are the "Patriots"??? A bunch if ignorant, poorly informed, racist thugs, urged on by the biggest thug of all, Limbaugh. What a pathetic state of affairs. The "tea-party" message: "If you don't agree with us, you will be physical harmed and harrassed." This vision of Americanism is so far from the American I know and love that it is hard to imagine we live in the same one. One tea-party creep leader in my state of Washington was video-taped advocating the lynching of our fine senator, Patty Murray. I'm beginning to wonder if we are approaching the point where Germany was when Hitler began gaining power.

    March 24, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  18. Bill, NY

    After todays incidents in our nations capitol you can now add hate mongerers to the job description of republicans. The only thing they care about is making sure our president fails no matter who suffers. They are terrorists!

    March 24, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  19. annie against biased news

    lewis, clymer and frank all the the Tea Party people an apology for their out and out lies! No one called them anything (unless it was communist or socialist or loser) and no one spit on them. All the spittal that comes out frank's mouth he wouldn't know if he was spit on! All three had best apologize now! steny hoyer had better start apologizing for his lies also! Telling a elected official you will never vote for them ever again is not a death threat!

    March 24, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  20. rdepontb

    If this lawlessness by the fringe Right doesn't stop, if it isn't even calmed down by Republican leadership, then Health Care isn't here a moment too soon.

    This has turned into a racist, sexist, and ageist bunch of anti-Christian-value practitioners I have ever seen or read about in my 60 years in this great nation.

    March 24, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  21. mindbodythoughts

    I guess that's more of what the republicans think is in the constitution to make death threats against those you disagree with?

    March 24, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  22. dan

    Thats just great isnt it. How mature adults handle things they dont like, Not with intelligent discourse but with threats and violence, and we wonder why our credibility is shot in this country. Morons who dont get their way threatening people. Classy!!

    March 24, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  23. forget bipartisanship

    wish the stuff on the left was repudiated by steny and co as much as they speaking out on these nasty acts.

    then again i wouldn't be surprised if it was the same group of people/plants doing it.

    March 24, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  24. Jim from Seattle

    Behold the Confederacy.. gun toting ignoramouses who can't stand having a black president. They'll fight tooth and nail for the worst causes in human history: slavery, illegal wars, preserving the oil cartel, tabacco... you name it, they'll support it. Why, because some rich folks instill the fear of God (Armagedon) at the slightest sign of progress. If they had their way, we'd have zero regulations.. our rivers would be so polluted they'd burn, no more etible fish, our air would be unbreathable, etc.

    March 24, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  25. KLS

    The people who are doing this and the ones who are encouraging them do not love America and all that it stands for. If you are unhappy then vote in your upcoming election instead of threatening to harm someone who voted for health care reform. Your actions are the same as terrorist. Shame on you!!

    March 24, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
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