March 25th, 2010
08:23 PM ET
4 years ago

Condom sent to Democrat who voted for health care bill

Rep. Betty McCollum is a Democrat from Minnesota who voted for the health care bill.
Rep. Betty McCollum is a Democrat from Minnesota who voted for the health care bill.

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minnesota, was one of several members of Congress who reported receiving obscene and threatening letters after voting for the health care reform bill passed by Democrats on Sunday.

But her spokeswoman told CNN that inside one letter received Thursday was a condom, removed from its original packaging.

McCollum's spokeswoman Maria Reppas said Thursday that the congresswoman's district office in St. Paul received the condom in an envelope dated March 23, along with an anonymous typed letter reading: "Betty McCollum you've been dry f***** by the liberal party."

The condom had been removed from its original packaging and placed in a plastic bag, according to McCollum's district director. McCollum's office said the U.S. Capitol Police and local law enforcement are investigating the package along with another one received Thursday.

Her office also reported receiving part of a shredded American flag doused in gasoline and a typed letter addressed to McCollum, Rep. Keith Ellison, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Al Franken - all Democrats from Minnesota.

"Each of you receives part of a shredded American flag," the letter read. "It represents Obama and your liberal filth. Open the bag, it's covered in the stench you've brought to our government ... Because of you, we are now a country of dirt, shame, corruption and slime."

McCollum released a statement late Thursday responding to the threats.

"I will not back down in the face of attacks, threats, and violence," she said. "I do not regret my vote, and I will proudly stand in the face of opposition and defend my support of health care reform."


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soundoff (202 Responses)
  1. ray

    i pray to the lord everyday asking him to wipe all these racists republicans off the face of the earth so this country can be a bettre place. these racists are all obstructionist and trouble makers.

    March 25, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  2. Pennsylvania Teacher

    Thank you Congresswoman for standing firm.

    March 25, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  3. Shram

    Shut up, quit whining and report to the Secret Service like you are supposed to without the press involvement. Congressman get threats all the time this is just another politcal ploy and fundraising deal.

    March 25, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  4. dale

    Republicans, they just crack me up...Give'um a shovel so they can keep digging.

    March 25, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  5. Jamie

    The Tea Party continues to reveal its true nature.

    March 25, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  6. George P.

    The political madness surrounding this issue feels exactly like the civil rights movement 50 years ago.

    March 25, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  7. Aara

    McCollum's buddies in the SEIU probably sent it to her like they are more than likely doing the rest of these disgusting thug activities.

    March 25, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  8. Bmax

    She will proudly defend her support of health care reform – from a distance, since she doesn't need to worry about being covered under the "people's plan". She will be covered under the plan enjoyed by the House and Senate members.

    March 25, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  9. Independent One

    OK Secret Service it's time to get off you rear end and make some arrests

    March 25, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  10. Ruth

    Sick, sore losers republicans who are belivers of the sick Fox news station spewing hatred and unrest are responsible for this garbage./

    March 25, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  11. Kate

    This has gone WAY to far! I think the republicans ought to be ashamed of themselves. They have the power within themselves to stop this. It is sad that this country can't pass health care reform to help all Americans without all the threats and hate. This is not socialism, it is republicanism. The dems didn't do these things when GW Bush had blank checks for wars and tax cuts for the wealthy. I left the republican party during the eight years Bush took this country down. I don't plan on ever being a republican again.

    March 25, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    Hmmm, a condom sent, and yet the sender didn't have the cojones to sign his name?

    Sounds like a someone is over-compensating because they are *lacking* ...

    March 25, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  13. double standard

    Thank You Glen Beck and Rush Limpballs ....JERKS !

    March 25, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    "Because of you, we are now a country of dirt, shame, corruption and slime."

    Because we've provided health care to the most vulnerable among us?!?!?

    Would you people take the time to actually read the bill and stop letting yourselves be lead around by your noses by people who have absolute contempt for you?

    Wake up and smell the coffee, folks! The GOP doesn't give a rat's behind about you, your families, your future or the future of our country.

    All they've got is lies, fear, division and hate – because the Republicans' ideas are all tried-and-failed.

    Think about it!

    March 25, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  15. southern cousin

    The White House strategy is working, CNN picks up this story and ignores conservative who are hit in the face with pies. Oblama is such a slimeball.

    March 25, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  16. Karl

    And according to Cantor, the Democrats are "Flaming" the fire of hate?

    March 25, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Umm, don't worry sir, the nice men in the white coats will be here shortly to help you 'relax'.

    I guess it's en vogue to threaten congressional representatives nowadays, but you don't have to be so dam CREEPY in doing so. Holy!

    "Each of you receives part of a shredded American flag," the letter read. "It represents Obama and your liberal filth. Open the bag, it's covered in the stench you've brought to our government ... Because of you, we are now a country of dirt, shame, corruption and slime."

    After reading this, a thought was did anyone call the nice men in the YELLOW (Tyvek) suits when they opened the bag. Could be anything: yellow cake uranium, human waste, or body odor formed from a steady diet of bud light, Skol chew, crystal meth, and Doritos.

    March 25, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  18. Mike

    Amen Brother!

    March 25, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  19. JM

    Oh go cry. You people who now complain, burned a likeness of Sara Palin in effegy. I don't want to hear it. Conservatives receive death threats every day and it doesn't make the news.

    March 25, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  20. nathan

    If only the mothers of the TPers had used one of those condoms when it counted...

    March 25, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  21. Demonfeed

    Wow, that's a bit much, isn't it?

    March 25, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  22. Goldenmom

    To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction: So for all you thugs making your threats, remember, each and every day with all of your hate, all of your threats, more and more will stand beside us.

    The law of physics are the law of physics.

    March 25, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  23. Tari Torch Sweeney - Shaker Heights, OH

    Who ARE these people? They should be jailed. bin Laden must be very satisfied that we are eating ourselves up from the inside out....less work for him.

    March 25, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  24. CR

    There is no excuse. The Republican Party owns this. All they have is fear and hate. No place in American politics for this trash.

    March 25, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  25. steve hunter

    I'm just blown away by the level of hate. Heck of an example for our kids out there. If you lose a battle, threaten people. No wonder Bin Laden is leaving hate-filled messages now...he's just copying what we're doing to each other

    March 25, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
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