March 25th, 2010
04:22 PM ET
13 years ago

Democrats raise funds over threats of violence

Washington (CNN) – President Obama's political arm sent a fundraising solicitation Thursday highlighting several death threats against congressional Democrats in the days following Sunday's health care reform vote.

"The attacks are fierce. Deceptive ads are hitting the airwaves in swing districts. GOP lawmakers are pushing to repeal reform – and preventing the Senate from performing basic functions," Organizing for America Director Mitch Stewart writes in the e-mail to supporters. "A few Republican attorneys general have launched a baseless attack to overturn the legislation. But that's not even the worst of it.

He added, "A conservative blogger posted the home address of Congressman Tom Perriello, urging tea partiers to 'drop by.' Other members have had death threats. Democratic offices have been vandalized."

Politico reported Monday that a Tea Party activist in Lynchburg, Virginia, angry over Perriello's vote in favor of health care reform legislation, had posted the address of Perriello's brother online and encouraged other activists to "stop by" and weigh in on the bill. The activist had apparently meant to post the congressman's home address but mistakenly published his brother's.

The FBI and local law enforcement officials are investigating a "suspicious incident" at the home of the Congressman's brother. A line to the propane tank on his brother's gas grill had been "severed," an aide to the Democratic congressman told CNN.

Earlier in day, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe released a fundraising e-mail on behalf of Perriello.

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Rob

    What has become of the American people? If this trend continues, we will soon become our own biggest threat. This is truly sad.

    March 25, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Jim, Michigan

    Here in Michigan were allowed to defend our property. Just drag the
    kook halfway in the house after you dropped him where he stood, and wait for the law to show up. The nerve of these jerks thinking they can destroy someones property and harm their kids and family, just because they don't get their way in a democracy. How un-American is this?

    March 25, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. I Love America

    This is sick. Can the democrats sink much lower?

    March 25, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. cspurgeon

    I don't think this kind of fundraising is appropriate on either side but the I lie and the babykiller congressional reps have sure been out there doing it. I would like to see leaders on both sides stand up and put a stop to it. I think if they act like thugs in session then they should be suspended for a period of time just like athletes etc. Apologies just don't get it.

    March 25, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. JLW in Indian Springs,Al.

    The republicans are just mad as they are because the health reform bill has been passed and taken the money they wanted to use to have a war with Iran. Now, with no money to wage war they are gonna try and repeal the health bill and get themselves in more trouble with the American voters. Will they never learn?

    March 25, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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