April 23rd, 2010
03:35 PM ET
2 years ago

Death threats close congressman's offices

 Two threatening phone calls forced the closure of both of Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva’s district offices Friday.
Two threatening phone calls forced the closure of both of Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva’s district offices Friday.

(CNN) - An unidentified person made two phone calls in which he threatened to blow up Rep. Raul Grijalva's Tucson, Arizona office and kill the congressman and his staff members, prompting the Democratic lawmaker to close his two district offices late Friday morning local time.

"It was the same guy," Grijalva's communications director Adam Sarvana told CNN. "He threatened to blow everyone's brains out in the Tucson office."

Grijalva arrived in his district from Washington Thursday night and was in the office at the time the second call came through.

The caller also said he was going to be "exercising my civil liberties and I'm shooting Mexicans at the border," according to Ruben Reyes, Grijalva's district director, who fielded one of the calls.

Reyes said tensions are running high in the state as a Saturday deadline nears for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to decide to either sign or veto a controversial immigration bill that would require police to question people if there's reason to suspect they're in the United States illegally. Grijalva urged Brewer to veto the legislation.

Sgt. Fabian Pacheco of the Tucson police department told CNN that the department was cooperating with federal and state authorities.

"We have some promising leads," he said, noting that the calls were made from a cell phone with a Phoenix area code.

Sarvana said both of Grijalva's district offices, in Tucson and Yuma, Arizona, would reopen on Monday morning.


Filed under: Arizona • Immigration • Raul Grijalva
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Ryan

    We all know that when right wingers don't get thier way or someone opposes them...they immediatly resort to violence. Why do you think they value thier guns so much? Because they think like neandrathals.

    April 23, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Dan

    Tea Party right wing militia is out in full force for the GOP. Not my words, Newt Gingrich words.

    April 23, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Mark Republican in PA

    Obviously I am a long way from Arizona and this situation makes me glad of that. I can't believe the legislators of Arizona don't see that this will lead to serious Racial Profiling, violence and death of innocent people who are here legally and also who are U.S. citizens. Also for McCain to endorse a bill that questions OBAMA's birth makes me ashamed of him and my fellow Republican's in Arizona. I think the sun has fried their brains, and the law is clearly unconstitutional and they all know it and continue just to incite the waco's like the guy threatening this congressman.

    April 23, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. Randyman

    If all the racist hatemongers make threats like this, we can round them all up and throw them in prison. Then we can have a nation of peace and level-headed debates.

    April 23, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. dale

    Gee someone threatening congress oh no.....
    Don't this person understand that congress is "above" everyone? Look what they did with hc

    April 23, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Only the American Indians have the right to complain about immigration. So the rest of you – SHUT UP !!!!!!

    April 23, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. Too True For You

    Well, welcome to the conservative idea of freedom of speech and right to bear arms.

    This is what happnes when politicains pander to rank ignorance – they encourage deluded nutjobs to act on thier basest instincts.

    Thanks, conservatives, for single-handedly energizing new levels of racism and intolerance in the United States.

    April 23, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. Duck Fallas

    I'd like to thank all you Tea Baggers for identifying yourselves with bumper stickers.

    April 23, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. Anthony Beasley

    This is amazing! How can people not see that this is wrong? It's because you're not looking! You can't do what the state is talking about doing because it violates the Constitution! You can't use a method that is subjective such as "He looks illegal." as a standard to identify someone! It's called an unreasonable search. That's why federal border issues are federal issues! Now the laws in Arizona will supersede federal law. Amazing! So I guess now states don't have to abide by the Constitution because their state constitutions will be over the founding documents!

    April 23, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. america

    i'm pretty sure this is a fact, the largest population of retards lives in Arizona.

    and if it isn't a fact... well maybe i'll write a book and go on a tour like Palin.

    April 23, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    This guy is no doubt associated with the tea baggers. They preach hate and violence and then they refuse to take any responsibility for their insightful talk. This is what the entire state of AZ is going to be if that law is signed. This is EXACTLY like the Nazis in 1938. Nobody stopped them early on when they could have. Will the GOP have the guts to step up and stop this constant flow of hate?

    Remember, in NOvember Vote NO to the party of NO.

    April 23, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Sounds like a low down dirty Tea Bagger.

    April 23, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    I would be willing to bet if his name was Jim Smith and he was a Republican who urged the governor to veto the bill this wouldn't have happened.

    April 23, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. Ex-Republican since McCain picked Palin

    Palin started so much hate and stirred up so much violence since the campaign when she got her ugly little smirk on her face every time someone shouted threats about Obama and she continues to this day. So do the likes of Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh and O'Rielly.

    Hey Palin Powe, how old are you? Your comments are so ridiculous and so not gonna happen. This is the kind of action your idol and others like her have caused in this America that we love so much. The hate and jealousy they have for Obama is unreal. He one guys and he will win again if Palin runs.

    April 23, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    Just the right wing militants flexing their muscles, right Newt?

    Enough of this nonsence already. I think it is time for the GOPers to start reining in these ignorant fools before someone really does get hurt.

    April 23, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. Marty, FL

    These unwarranted threats of violence should be proof certain that the AZ bill goes too far, and the governor should veto the over-reaching legislation that's causing such negative reaction. Please remember the moral considerations here.

    Godspeed, Rep. Grijalva. Thoughts and prayers are for your saftey & staff's.

    April 23, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. Mark from Louisiana

    Other states will follow Arizona's lead in fighting the illegal swarms invading our country and costing us taxpayers BILLIONS of dollars every year. Legal immigration is great.....sneaking across the border is not.

    April 23, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    Hmmmm – since it's an AZ state law, guess AZ state taxes will have to be raised for all the law-suits and all the new prisoners, etc.

    Or will McInsane ask for pork to bail his state out of bankruptcy?

    April 23, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. Steve (the real one)

    Ignorant comes in all colors, genders, nationalities, and parties! The sad thing is somebody is going to (very lamely ) try to paint an entire party based upon this nut case. Rangel had difficult paying his taxes. Does that mean ALL liberals or dems are tax cheats? Massa quit because he has been accused of sexual harassment. Are all liberals.dems sexual harassers? Realize not all "teabaggers" or "GOPers" and conseravtives are the same either.

    Where in the story did it say the nut is a "teabagger anyway?

    April 23, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. Wisconsinite

    Hey Arizona! How's that racial-profiling-right-of-the-KKK thingy workin' out for ya??

    April 23, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. Mickey, NY

    And to think the Governor just signed the bill...

    April 23, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. honestmistake

    Funny that people like Anthony Beasley in his post here are all worried about the Constitution all of a sudden. This law would do nothing that he describes. Police can't stop someone and ask them for ID just because they look Hispanic. If you lived in Southern Arizona you would know that something needs to be done to stop the crime and violence that being a border state with a non-secure border brings with it. If this serves as a determent to more people crossing into the state it will have done its job. It is a crime to be in this country illegally – that is not a point you can argue. There are legal ways to gain residency in this country. More people should be worried about the hundreds of Mexican citizens who die in the Arizona desert every year trying to enter the country. Securing the border would prevent those deaths.

    April 23, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. Obama the liar

    typical leftist reaction...threats and violence....the loony left.

    April 23, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  24. Felonious Monk

    What happened to my country?

    April 23, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  25. tommy_g

    Doesn't Glenn Beck tell his "viewers" to SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR.

    April 23, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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