August 12th, 2009
09:50 AM ET
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GA congressman describes hate mail, Nazi graffiti after protests

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rep. David Scott's staff found a swastika on a sign outside his district office in Georgia."]
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) - A Georgia congressman said Wednesday he's received death threats and found Nazi graffiti outside his office in the aftermath of heated protests about health-care reform.

David Scott, a Democrat from north-central Georgia, told CNN he has received several offensive faxes and letters, including some with death threats and racial abuse.

Scott is black. His district includes part of metro-Atlanta.

In a CNN interview, the congressman showed a cartoon of Barack Obama, depicting the president as a clown with a swastika on his head, which he said he had received in the mail.

Tuesday, his staff found a swastika painted over Scott's name on a sign outside his office.

"I was just simply appalled," he said.

"This symbol represents the most heinous period in world history, indicative of man's greatest inhumanity to man, where nearly 6 million Jewish people and others were murdered purposely by Adolf Hitler," Scott said. "So when you reach that point... this is very very dangerous."

Local police and the F.B.I. are investigating.

Scott said he believes the swastika and hate mail are a result of the acrimonious health care debate.

Lawmakers holding public forums in their home districts during their August recess have been the target of some angry protests over the proposed health care overhaul. An argument Scott had with a doctor at a public meeting has been featured on both local TV and CNN.

The Georgia representative said he does not believe the vocal protests against Obama's proposed changes to the health care system are spontaneous.

"I think to a degree they're organized and orchestrated," Scott said.

"There's no question about that but they have a right to do it - that's very, very important. This is America, it's rough and tumble, that's what we're here for, but this is something else," he said.

"This is not good for America, not good for this debate, it's a distraction," the congressman said.

And he says Obama should call for an end to it.

"I think he really has to speak strongly... before somebody gets hurt at one of these things."

Another congressman, Washington state Democrat Brian Baird, has canceled public meetings after saying he's received death threats.

–CNN's T.J. Holmes in Atlanta, Georgia, contributed to this report.

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soundoff (135 Responses)
  1. Doug, New Jersey

    Oh yeah, this must be republicans, I'm sure ACORN has nothing to do with this. Just like how a bunch of cameramen all of sudden surrounded one individual at a Palin speech during the election, then this one individual screamed kill him. No, it was never revealed that this person was a Democratic operative, nah never happend. BTW, as every Democrat will tell you, they also had Microsoft fonts back in 1971.

    August 12, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. Stuffit

    "This is not good for America, not good for this debate, it's a distraction," the congressman said.

    And he says Obama should call for an end to it.


    Yes, maybe he should call of the SEIU and ACORN folks he asked to go to these meetings and "get in their face". Who knows, SEIU or ACORN might have painted the sign in the picture accompanying this article.

    It's pretty sad in this country anymore that the 'news' is all he said she said. Each side has their set of outlets and each tells us that the other side is lying and "astro-turfing", I don't believe anything I read or hear anymore and only half of what I see.

    August 12, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. vic nashville , Tn

    Where is Republican House of Representatives on this health care debate?

    I know the party is hijacked by FOX and Rush

    So they are missing

    August 12, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. notfooledtx

    Appauled is too soft of a word

    The level of incivility and disrespect on the part of the ignorant verbal vigilantees is just disgusting. If the republicans think this type of actions will attract voters, they're crazy. Disgusting.

    August 12, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. cheryl

    I think if there going to put him out there like this, then ALL the govenors and senaters should be checked out just as he is being checked out. Then the world would see its not just him but ALL of them.
    see the dems think they got something good on him and are running with it.but I think ALL should be checked out so the world can see they ALL do it.

    August 12, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Sam Sixpack

    Perhaps some people are just TOO upset about President Obama's proposed "Independent Medicare Advisory Council.”

    As long as everyone, especially the media, shines a very bright light on the matter, the proposed legislation won't pass, the council will never exist, and we will have nothing to fear.

    August 12, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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