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. phoenix86

    I don't think this qualifies as a threat, unless the democrats now view any dissent as a threat of violence.

    March 25, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  2. Last to Say

    America....grow up! The bill has been signed. There is nothing left to do but go to the polls iand vote November! Sean, Rush, Sarah and Foxnews are stoking anger upon the media air waves which does not help. Rush said the other day...."lets go get those bastards out of office"....what did he mean by that? I thought this was a civil country...but the anger is getting worse. I pray that God will protect all of us from harm. I haven't seen the country angry like this since the early 60's when MLK was around. I pray and I hope no one gets hurt from any of this chaos.

    March 25, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  3. Shelley

    What sick people. Never would think that bad losers would turn to such sickness. Kinda of hypocritical I think. These people act like they have never been wrong or done anything wrong. Pretty sad that they can't look in a mirror and see themselves. Go Democrats and good job done Obama. And hats off to the reps and senators.

    March 25, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  4. letsdothisalready

    So this is what it come too. Violence. Incited by the party of "NO". Now I can see why they are kicking and screaming. They don't want to take care of our Nation. The party of "NO" taking from the poor, middleclass, and keeping the wealth to themselves. The party of "NO" are acting like bratty toddlers.

    March 25, 2010 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  5. WANDA IN TEXAS

    Question, NOw that COngress has passed this Health care Fix, and have retired for 2 weeks, My HUsband was laid off last July, Got a job for 3 months temp. and is about to be out of uneployement. Has congress aproved the extended benefits past 04/03 or are we just cut off for our family of 5(3 teens)
    Thank you

    wanda in Texas

    March 25, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  6. Pat

    This is reprehensible. I hope that the offenders are caught and jailed. There is no excuse except insanity for acts like these. Blame the Republicans for their childish behavior and hate rhetoric. What ever happened to civility in this country?

    March 25, 2010 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  7. Term Limits

    Violence isn't right, but Select congressional leadership staffers - some of whom wrote the health insurance act - are not governed by new rules governing millions of Americans and the rest of their colleagues on how they buy insurance - and the special exemption has the Hill hopping mad.Come 2014, all 100 U.S. senators, all 435 representatives in the House and every one of their personal aides will have to go to the newly formed state exchanges for health insurance - just like everyone else in the country who isn't covered by their employer.But select congressional leadership staffers - some of whom wrote the health insurance act - won't. And neither will White House staffers and Cabinet members - nor the president himself. They will be allowed to keep their current plans, which are offered to all other federal employees.

    March 25, 2010 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  8. David

    I like the idea of sending the democrats pictures of the American flag all cut up into pieces. Because basically that is what all these stiumlus bills, bailout and now healhcare bills are doing. Send it to the Republicans too because they are just as guilty.

    No more freedom for you. Welcome to the USSA.

    March 25, 2010 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  9. WANDA IN TEXAS

    I was very upset to here Tom Delay say that estended beneftis are not necessary since people can find work if they really want to wok. However, I took this personal while there are alot of peolple who have given up, My husband, in the past week, has applied for 26 jobs this week. Small businesses are scared of the taxes and exports are poor in the Machining industry. Are we(the actively looking enemployed)left in the dark after 04/03 ? I mean is seems they would want to get us alll back to work to help pay for this new healthcare. New healthcar with no jobs to pay the taxes? Ironic

    March 25, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  10. jh

    Prove it. I think a lot of these stories are false.

    March 25, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  11. LC in CA

    These activities are terrifying to me. I see this kind of hate as dehumanized and basically insane; how could a sane person be so demeaning, so cowardly, and so threatening? I hope this is pursued as an act of domestic terrorism, and the the full force of the law is brought to bear on exposing this insidious fear-mongering and the really cowardly and unstable people behind it. These people need to be treated for mental illness and locked up so they are not posing a threat to the people we elect to run this country.

    March 25, 2010 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  12. GJ

    Sick, just sick that people resort to this kind of stuff. If you want your voice heard, demonstrate and debate peacefully and people will respect you.

    March 25, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  13. andy

    you stay classy republicans.

    March 25, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  14. Robert

    The threats toward elected officials demonstrates the lack of maturity of the individuals who engage in deviant behavior as a means to disagree with what the Constitution allows in regard to enacting law. The power is in the vote!

    March 25, 2010 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  15. Fupped

    And the folks behind these threats and actions (defaming the flag) are...the folks/party that Americans are supposed to subscribe to and follow? Again, hypocrisy reigns from the right, as does their subversive conduct against the US constitution. Of greater concern is the fact that these extremists are upset because the elected officials representing the majority of Americans passed this bill using the parliamentary tools provided to the House and Senate, the very tools used prominently by the GOP in past administrations.

    March 25, 2010 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  16. Michael

    I'm not at all surprised by this. These are the same people who voiced their support for torture.

    If this is the way republicans act now, can you imagine how dangerous they would be if they gain any more power?

    The people responsible for these acts should be locked up.....permanently.

    I'm just trying to come up with a word that we could use to describe someone who tries to control or influence the lawmaking process by threats or acts of violence....

    I had it on the tip of my tongue a minute ago, but dang it......I can't seem to remember it..........Any suggestions ?

    March 25, 2010 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  17. Amy, Kazoo

    did these same nutjobs just not live in the US for the past 8 years or something?!

    March 25, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  18. Jen

    This just gets more disgusting. I am anxiously awaiting for the arrest and prosecution of these domestic terrorists. (Section 802 of the Patriot Act defines them as such.)

    March 25, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  19. diridi

    GOP thugs aredoing these nasty actions, just ignore, and report to police...there nothing you can do about this silly shananigans, and idiotic pranks of GOP....law is passed...ok.

    March 25, 2010 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  20. Molly Weasley

    I hope America starts seeing these teabagger idiots for who they really are. Selfish, rude, infantile idiots. And dangerous.

    March 25, 2010 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  21. Dee Dee Lynn

    Evidence again that many Republicans believe that losing a fair election is an act of tyranny, and that they are oppressed any time they don't get what they want.

    These are not "fringe" elements–they are the 'grassroots' of the Republican party–members of the party leadership have claimed that since the beginning of the 'Tea Party' movement.

    What's the difference between these people and radical jihadists, I would like to know, except that its a narrow puritinical reading of the Constitution rather than the Quran that they are trying to force onto everyone else.

    March 25, 2010 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  22. Chip

    Goes with the screwing the dems put on the American people,3/4 of American people did not want the HC bill that you voted for.

    March 26, 2010 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  23. Washingtonian

    There are too many right wing loonies loose in our country. Perhaps we should get them some funding for the psychiatric care they desperately need! Shame on the Republicans in Congress whose lies continue to foment undeserved vitriol towards the only politicians who want to help all Americans get a fair shake from the rabid, greedy insurance companies which have been fleecing them. Vote these unpatriotic Republicans out of office in November and get some real patriots in Congress who will join with the Democrats to espouse the interests of the American people they are elected to SERVE!

    March 26, 2010 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  24. rosse

    You are one of 217 that have the support of me and millions of real american, we are with u . these un-american people and their leader will see the result of their violence and threats in November.

    March 26, 2010 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  25. Joe Doctor

    Pathetic – simply pathetic. All I can say to the conservative politicians and talk radio "entertainers" (fomenters of rebellion) is that now the genie is out of the bottle. Pandora's box has been opened. Be very careful that you don't anger these same people because they will turn on you like a summer storm.

    The problem with Liberals isn't the Tax and Spend stuff, or even moral issues. Liberals burned and blew up stuff in the 60s, got slapped down hard (Kent State, Madison), then grew up and learned their manners. That has become part of America's subconscious. They're still timid 40 years later. I guess we're going to see the conservative movement rise up and sooner or later get slapped down too. Let's hope they learn from history instead of repeating it.

    March 26, 2010 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
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