Washington (CNN) – U.S. Capitol Police are investigating threats made Friday on Twitter against Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who gained national notoriety following his high-profile stand pushing Republicans to only allow the federal government to be funded if Obamacare was not. When the Senate refused to go along, the 16 day government shutdown resulted – and Ted Cruz became the de-facto face of it.
The posts came from a man who identifies himself as a military veteran and included, “Ted Cruz needs to be taken out,” and, “Take down Ted Cruz, at his home.”
“We are looking into the threats made on Twitter,” U.S. Capitol Police spokesman Officer Shennell Antrobus told CNN.
Cruz’s office confirmed the matter has been referred to the police.
“We are aware of the threats and have notified the proper authorities,” said Cruz’s spokeswoman Catherine Frazier.
The law enforcement investigation was first reported by The Hill.
–CNN's Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.