October 3rd, 2013
04:19 PM ET
10 months ago

Initial worry for GOP Rep. was shots shutdown related

Updated 10/3/2013 at 7:02pm

Washington (CNN) - When word of shots fired near the Capitol first came in, Rep. Blake Farenthold worried it might be related to the government shutdown.

"The timing on this was all really kind of scary," the Texas Republican told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "The Capitol Hill police are at a lower personnel level because of the shutdown."

"My office has been getting more emotional calls than we've gotten on any other issue. Now, not a whole lot from Texas but from other area codes. " Farenthold said of the shutdown.

"I was really concerned that this might be something related to what's going on with the government. But the reports now lead me to believe otherwise."

Capitol Hill police are deemed "essential" personnel, meaning they have not been furloughed. Instead, they are required to work for IOUs and will be paid once the shutdown ends.

When asked about the lower personnel levels Farenthold referred to, his communications director, Meaghan Cronin, said in an email that "the Congressman was referring to a limited presence of Capitol Police officers in different locations, for example at entrances and exits from House Office Buildings."


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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    DUH!!!! She should have been looking for Felipe Cruz.

    October 3, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "The Capitol Hill police are at a lower personnel level because of the shutdown."

    So, essentially, if this had been a rampage through the Capitol Building we could've had the wonderfully ironic image of GOP/Teatroll House members getting gunned down while holding the "clean" funding bill in one hand and their wangs in the other....all while the lack of security protection that allowed it to happen was their own d-mn fault.

    October 3, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "I was really concerned that this might be something related to what's going on with the government right now."

    Teatroll Rosetta Stone says: "I'm not terribly fond of being confronted with the fact that my actions have consequences."

    October 3, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. Data Driven

    Note the assumption of possible retribution. Only people who know they're doing something wrong leap to such conclusions.

    Meanwhile, about that gun control bill ...

    October 3, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Good to know this Tea Party first termer has concern about something, even though its only his own backside
    that he is so fond of.
    Typical.

    October 3, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    Maybe he had an epiphany that some people MIGHT not be supportive of him and the rest of the ship of fools?

    October 3, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Sniffit

    "I was really concerned that this might be something related to what's going on with the government right now."

    Teatroll Rosetta Stone says: "I'm not terribly fond of being confronted with the fact that my actions have consequences."
    -------------------------------------------------
    Dominican Dictionary Translation: " I was scared s hit less because I'm screwing these people over and I thought one of them was coming to get even with us".

    October 3, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. davefrompalmsprings

    Blake, I would be far more worried about the HUGE number of Hispanic voters in Corpus Christi than gunshots at the Capitol.
    They REALLY ARE coming to get you, next election!

    October 3, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. sonny chapman

    Yep, real life consequences to your "bold & patriotic" actions. There is a fragile compact between Govt. & the Governed. If the Governed are deprived of the basics, food, shelter, care for thier children, ugly things can happen. This isn't just some altruistic,"Freedom From Tyranny"; "The Tree of Freedom Needs to be Moistened With Blood" bologna of the Tea Party.

    October 3, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. O'drama ya Mama

    "My office has been getting more emotional calls than we've gotten on any other issue. Now, not a whole lot from Texas but from other area codes. " Farenthold said of the shutdown.

    Why would you be getting calls from out of state? Wouldn't those calls be directed to the proper representative? This guy just wants to make it seem like Texas isn't effected.

    October 3, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  11. just saying

    doesn't anybody even care about the woman that was shot and want to know why she was shot? was she armed? why weren't tires taken out instead? i mean she had a kid in the car. maybe she got confused or something? this just seems very weird for a woman to do. i hope this wasn't a case of police over reaction.

    October 3, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    The Capitol Hill police are at a lower personnel level because of the shutdown."

    ===============
    Not worried about the people outside, just his own butt.

    Welcome to the real world. We don't have armed guards everywhere we go, or even at work.

    October 3, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    It might be a good idea if congressionals didn't comment until after they willing to once again reopen government for the people.

    It may be just me but a "no harm done" sigh of relief is rather condescending for those who are being financially harmed by the shutdown this Rep. has helped put in place.

    October 3, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Guygyl

    People are just Laughing at GOP, tea trolls–what a CULT!!! USA, better get educated.

    October 3, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  15. Karina

    You are destroying your country from within.
    No other Presidency has encouraged so much division , racism and meanspirited actions as the currant one.
    I listen to his speeches now and all I hear is they are wrong and I am wright , at times he sounds so juvenile.
    Instead of spending so much time in Hollywood , he should have shown some leadership in Congress a long time ago and forged some common ground. It really shows now that he is incompetent and lacking leadership skills.

    October 3, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  16. $$$$

    @Sniffit
    "So, essentially, if this had been a rampage through the Capitol Building we could've had the wonderfully ironic image of GOP/Teatroll House members getting gunned down"
    -----–
    You might be getting a visit from the Secret Service in the near future after that statement.

    October 3, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  17. Would You Look at That

    Data Driven wrote: "Meanwhile, about that gun control bill ..."
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________
    Because that is relevant now since the cop is the one who fired the gun....

    October 3, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    @just saying

    Why speculate until we have all the facts?

    October 3, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  19. lolo

    Now watch the teatrolls blame President Obama for their stupidity. If they would quit crying chicken their sheep would not be losing their minds. I guess the moose shooter Sarah Palin will try something next coming on fox news real soon. Like I said the tea party imbeciles are going to lose it if the government stay shut down for a long time. They know that they depend heavily on the government, but try to pretend it is someone. As usual blame someone else for their stupidity.

    October 3, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  20. Marie MD

    I have been watching the encounter of the woman with the secret service by the WH and I keep thinking that this woman, with CT plates DC is NOT an easy city to navigate, might have gotten lost or maybe the 34 year old woman with a small child thought she could come to DC to talk to our President about all the crapola going on with the teatards (or maybe even the President) and she finds herself surrounded by officers with guns, she gets scared, takes off after the police shoot at her car and then they are in pursuit.
    The fact that she didn't have a gun on her and she had her baby in the back doesn't sound, to me, like somebody on a suicide or homicide mission.
    If I am right, this is going to be like boulders tumbling down on the teatards and the rethugs.
    Then again their leaders are giddy and say that they are 100% united (the crazies stick together) and they are happy that the government is shut down (that is what they promised) thanks to them while millions are not being paid.

    October 3, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    I never thought I would agree with just saying on anything, but stranger things have happened in the universe.
    We don't have the facts, but . . . . . .

    October 3, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |