Washington (CNN) – Rep. Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, said Thursday that a bullet had been shot through a window at his campaign office in Richmond, Virginia, this week. He also said he had received threatening messages.
Cantor said he would not publicly release the messages out of concern that doing so would only incite further violence. He expressed concern that Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine and Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland - a member of the Democratic House leadership - were "fanning the flames" of violence by using threats that have been made against Democratic members "as political weapons."
"Legitimate threats should be treated as security issues, and they should be dealt with by the appropriate law enforcement officials," Cantor told reporters on Capitol Hill. "It is reckless to use these incidents as media vehicles for political gain. ... Enough is enough. It has to stop."
Cantor, who is Jewish, said he had received numerous threats throughout his career both on account of his religion and his position in the GOP leadership.
More than 10 Democrats have reported trouble since last weekend's health care vote, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D Maryland, told reporters Wednesday.
Windows have been smashed at Democratic offices in at least three states, and federal agents are investigating whether a cut gas line at the home of a Virginia congressman's brother was related to the lawmaker's yes vote.
Democratic congressional leaders have demanded Republicans join them in condemning a spate of threats and vandalism in the wake of the health care vote.
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