Miami, Florida (CNN) - Federal authorities announced Monday they have charged a 66-year-old Florida man with making a threatening phone call last month to Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Florida.
In his initial appearance on Monday before Magistrate Judge Anthony E. Porcelli, Erik L. Pidrman was ordered to submit to home detention and electronic monitoring and his bond was set at $20,000, said Steve Cole, a public affairs specialist with the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Middle District of Florida.
Pidrman had been taken into custody by the FBI on Sunday afternoon at his home in Spring Hill, Florida, without incident, the FBI said.
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office and the FBI initiated a joint investigation after Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite's Brooksville, Florida, office received a telephone threat on March 25, according to an affidavit in support of the criminal complaint.
Pidrman called Brown-Waite's office at 6:09 a.m. and left the following message: "Just want to let you know that I have 27 people that are going to make sure that bitch doesn't live to see her next term," the complaint says. In an interview, Pidrman told police "that he is a 'blackout' alcoholic," which he described as someone who "blacks out but continues to function, but does not have any memory of what happened."
Pidrman, whose record includes DUI and disorderly intoxication convictions, said he had been on a binge at the time the call was made, the affidavit says.
When played the tape, "Pidrman responded, 'That's me, that's my voice,' " it says. However, he said he did not recall making the call, it says.
Though the call occurred four days after Congress passed legislation enacting changes to the health care laws, "Pidrman advised that he is not mad at Brown-Waite for anything in particular, he has health care coverage and his prostate cancer is not threatening," the affidavit says.
"Pidrman further advised that he did not do any particular research in regards to how members of Congress voted on the Health Care Reform Act, but 'It's obvious, Brown-Waite is a Republican.' "
Her Web site says she opposed the bill. "I will continue to join with my constituents to fight against deep cuts in Medicare and the Democrats' government expansion," it says.
"Contrary to the claims by some of my Democrat colleagues, these threats are real and need to be taken very seriously," the Republican representative said in a statement posted on her Web site.
"The work that we do in Congress can be controversial, but violence is never the answer. Before they hide behind their phones and make threats on the lives of elected officials, people need to realize that they are committing a federal offense and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
No one answered the phone at Pidrman's residence.