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. emmie

    This is disgusting. In a democracy you don't get any extra points for being angry. We all have one vote. Democrats ran on getting health care and that's what they did–so Republicans can be unhappy but they certainly can't say this was "rammed through" or against people's wishes. And to add violence into the mix with these repugnant messages and actions is childish but also dangerous.

    March 25, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  2. Justin

    Hey CNN, as you've seen fit to hire pusbag ultra-nationalist Erick Erickson as a contributor, can you ask him if this was his idea? Remember, he was the one who thought it would be a good idea to send bags of white powder to Olympia Snowe's office after she voted for the stimulus.

    March 25, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  3. malclave

    So what?

    CNN and other media outlets don't seem to care when Republicans get threats, insults, or worse... why are you crying like littel girls because Democrats get some insults?

    March 25, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    As an African-American, witnessing acts of hate by people who see past their own ignorance is nothing new. Our history in America is littered with actions indicative of how our fellow Americans still wish we had never been brought to the country. The entire country is reminded of our history every February...the horrible scenes of hate given life as we marched for civil rights, human rights. It is a travesty that this type of hate has risen again. The fact that it is aimed at government officials gives way to future predicted lawlessness. Will we ever get past hating and violence ? America needs to be the example and not mirror the discontent displayed in other countries.

    March 25, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    As an African-American, witnessing acts of hate by people who cant see past their own ignorance is nothing new. Our history in America is littered with actions indicative of how our fellow Americans still wish we had never been brought to the country. The entire country is reminded of our history every February...the horrible scenes of hate given life as we marched for civil rights, human rights. It is a travesty that this type of hate has risen again. The fact that it is aimed at government officials gives way to future predicted lawlessness. Will we ever get past hating and violence ? America needs to be the example and not mirror the discontent displayed in other countries.

    March 25, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  6. rdepontb

    Fellow Dems: You realize that at this point, it's just pouring gasoline on the fire; you have to stop giving these crimes of hate-terrorism-free advertising. It will only bring out the copycats, those who can't even think this stuff up themselves.

    March 25, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  7. john in Cal

    Truly a sick mind at work here. Demented. Oh yeh, a Republican.

    March 25, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  8. Chandler

    REGARDLESS of what the GOP says about violence, they intentionally baited these people with their massive lies. When you tell the nation that there are "death panels", even though you are lying, a few people might believe you. No wonder they freak when reform passes. THE VIOLENCE IS THE RESULT OF GOP LIES.

    March 25, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  9. annie against biased news

    These radical demmies have got to stop threatening each other and trying to blame it on someone else. Not only are they thieves but now to try to start trouble they have turned into lying thieves! Talk about violence remember when these demmies and the far-left liberals were trying to figure out different way to assassinate George Bush? Has anyone forgotten obama's best buddy bill ayres who tried to blow up the pentagon?

    March 25, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  10. David J.

    Cowards. Show up and have a normal conversation and plead your case. Then listen to the.....oh wait, they don't listen. Never mind. Cowards.

    March 25, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  11. Cali

    WOW! Can it be possible? The repubs have hit a new low!

    March 25, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  12. Judi in Minnesota

    All that disgusting behavior does is highlight the sender's lack of intelligence and morality. They are pathetic, small and simple minded.

    March 25, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  13. Susan

    This is unbelievable! The people that are making these vulgar threats are making me ill. This is the price that we pay for living in a free society but we should not have THIS MUCH freedom. Find out who these disgusting, ignorant people are and lock them up, or better yet, send them to GITMO bec that's where they belong. They're American terrorists and they don't deserve to live in this country!!!!!!!

    Well I have a msg for them, God will decide on your judgement day what to do w/people that have no compassion for others and who couldn't care less about how many people are suffering, in pain and losing loved ones bec they don't have or can't get any health insurance! Do you believe in Karma, you'd better look out bec you will pay for being the hatemongers that you are!!!!!! GO LIVE SOMEWHERE ELSE BEC YOU'RE NOT DOING ANY GOOD TO ANYONE HERE, JUST TAKING UP SPACE AND USING UP PRECIOUS OXYGEN!

    March 25, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  14. G in BR

    No because of ignorant slugs like the person who shredded the flag, our country is seen as dirt, shame, corruption and slime. Does this joke realize they are making the core of our country weak? Our enemies are licking their chops because we are a house divided. These fools are bringing destruction spoken from their own evil hearts and filthy tongues!!!!!

    March 25, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  15. A Thankfull Democratic support of our President

    The House just passed reconciliation and sent it to Obama to sign into law.
    Obama kept his promise, now is the time for his supporters to keep theirs.

    A lot of people are going be helped in the battle against the giant
    health care companies, but if you want to keep the benefits you're going to have to vote.

    March 25, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  16. Carol

    Ignorance like this is what would ruin our country if it was allowed to succeed...not the health care reform bill. Move forward....don't look backward, and ignore the ignorance and it will finally go away.

    March 25, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    Better than having a wet one from a repug. Who knows what the spawn would look like.
    You sure they didn't mean bush . . . . ."Because of you, we are now a country of dirt, shame, corruption and slime."

    March 25, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  18. Jerry

    Stay classy Republicans/Coservatives and/or TEA partiers.

    March 25, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  19. Message: to Anti-Health Care freaks.

    A plane ticket out of the country doesn't cost that much.

    March 25, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  20. jojomcgee

    High probability that Rahm is orchestrating the threats against the Dems.

    March 25, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  21. Red by Choice

    Figure it out, liberals. You forced through a bad bill that will bankrupt the country and was opposed by the majority of US citizens. You accomplished this by bribes and intimidation. I think the tax payers are really angry and will be for some time. Your smarter-than-everyone-else attitude has incited the masses. I think you underestimated the will and determination of the proletariat. Take your criticism and stop crying. The anger will pass and you will be voted out. Health care legislation was needed but not this.

    March 25, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  22. guest

    Ironically, the senders don't realize that it is they who are being Anti-American. They lost the votes and now want their way anyway. Sad really.

    March 25, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  23. jojomcgee

    This happens all of the time to well known people. The Dems are using this as a political weapon. They have declared war on the American people and obviously will stop at nothing. CNN is also participating with them in their war on America.

    March 25, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  24. Nicey

    David Frum made waves with a column for CNN.com declaring that health care had proven to been "Waterloo" for the GOP, not for Obama as Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) infamously suggested. Republican lawmakers quickly dismissed Frum, a prominent reformist conservative, as a mere "former staffer."

    Then Frum said on "Nightline" that the Republican Party's lockstep with the Fox News attack machine has hurt the party, and that "we're discovering we work for Fox

    This is too funny!

    March 25, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  25. Regina P

    Wow. I wouldn't even entertain a thought of going back to the Reublican party after this pathetic display. If this what it means to fire up the base, I prefer to stay far, far away.

    March 25, 2010 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
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