April 6th, 2010
10:19 AM ET
4 years ago

Wasserman Schultz confirms threat, faces feisty town hall crowd

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (CNN) - A top House Democrat, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, confirmed for the first time that she received threats in the days after health care reform was signed into law.

In an interview with CNN Monday, Wasserman Schultz said information about the threats were turned over to federal law enforcement officials.

The south Florida Democrat held her first town hall since the passage of health care reform.  At Fort Lauderdale's city hall, Wasserman Schultz Monday night defended the new law to hundreds of her constituents. The meeting turned rowdy after many of her supporters packed the auditorium, forcing dozens of raucous tea party activists and opponents of health care reform to stand outside of the venue.

One constituent accused Democrats of engaging in dirty dealing to get the law passed. Wasserman Schultz responded, "there were no such dirty deals. We're not here to discuss process. This is the law."

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  1. Steph

    My guess is most of the tea partiers aren't residents of Wasserman Schultz's district. I applaud her supporters.

    I have a HUGE problem with folks from other districts, even other states, harrassing a public official. Her constituents voted for her because they support her stance on health reform and other issues. Let her represent her constituents...go bug your own congressperson! This is a democracy. That doesn't mean that the group who yells the loudest wins. We have elections. Deal with it!

    April 6, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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