Source: Pig's foot sent to congressman's office
April 4th, 2011
07:15 PM ET
12 years ago

Source: Pig's foot sent to congressman's office

Washington (CNN) - A frozen pig's foot and a note laced with anti-Semitic rants were sent to Rep. Peter King's Capitol Hill office, a congressional source familiar with the situation confirmed to CNN Monday.

The source said the note included statements such as "evil Jews will return this hoof to Palestine." Neither King nor his aides have seen the package, the source said, because all mail sent to the U.S. Capitol is now screened and the package was intercepted before it went to his office. King's office was notified Monday afternoon.

There was no direct threat to the congressman and law enforcement officials know who sent the package, the source said.

King - a New York Republican - is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and had already had stepped up security around controversial hearings last month on Muslim radicalization in America. King has had increased security for months while home in his district. Last month King told CNN it was because of "threat assessments" done by law enforcement.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Capitol Police told CNN: "We have an active open investigation regarding this incident and are working with postal inspectors. I can't confirm the contents of the package."

- CNN's Deirdre Walsh and Carol Cratty contributed to this report

Filed under: Capitol Hill • Peter King
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Marjee123

    So the person did not threaten King he just sent a pigs foot. Maybe he should have sent a horse's butt. That would have been more appropriate. I wouldn't waste the money to send the real pig's foot. I would have just sent a picture. That's a good idea I think we should all send King a picture of a horse's butt. And say we took a picture of him and there it is.

    April 4, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. Mr. Marcus

    Peter King is not intelligent enough to be in Congress. I don't know why his district keeps sending him. He's a bit too partisan for my tastes and displays dysfunctional, sophomoric rhetoric at times. I immediately turn off whenever I see that he is involved with something.

    His islam hearings were a charade designed to advance his biased point of view, He slanted the so-called "witness" list to highlight the version of the "truth" that he wanted to tell. I will forever view him in less than a favorable light and will likely work against ANYTHING that has his name on it. Don't mind Republicans but can we have some that tell the truth and conduct themselves with civility and honor?

    April 4, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. Get A Grip

    Stay strong Congressman King.....there are MILLIONS out here that have your back!!!

    April 4, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  4. Ken

    The pathetic picture posted by CNN of this man reminds me of "Bull" Conner. Probably not much difference except that "Bull" spoke out and made his hate known. This man spreads his hate under the guise of Love of Country.

    April 4, 2011 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  5. revinger

    what group or ideology is behind this? and who is peter king funded by?

    April 4, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  6. DRLee

    It's really sad that anyone would waste their time with something so childish.

    April 4, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  7. David

    Why should this politician be coddled so if the package is not a danger to him? He should be the one to actually receive this message and package from one of his constituents and be the one to dispose of it. Why shield him from the message that was sent by the senders? I understand the interception to see if it is a bomb or something, but after that delivery should be the next action taken.

    April 4, 2011 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  8. Aaron

    It was likely someone in the Tea Party that sent it. King may not have played ball as the billionaire Koch brothers wanted him to play.

    April 4, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  9. Neal K

    Let's engage in a brief thought experiment: What if a rampaging mob of American Jews ran into a mosque and killed dozens of people to avenge this unforgivable insult against their religion? Would the media blame the carnage on the person who sent Congressman King that bloody pig's foot? Would they be justified in doing so? Hmm?

    I thought not.

    April 5, 2011 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  10. Peter

    So much civility. Wow aren't they sweet. The only way they know how to express themselves. Intimidation and brutal force.

    April 5, 2011 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  11. pierce

    Methinks King and his extremist critics will be at war for a long time.
    Both sides represent the ugliest tendencies in our U.S. culture.
    Good riddance to both.

    April 5, 2011 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  12. steve

    If the sender wanted to seem threatening they should have at least thawed the pigs foot out.

    April 5, 2011 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  13. Marie MD

    Whoever sent this to King just showed that, if it was for religion and "that" religion, they are truly barbaric monsters.

    April 5, 2011 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  14. lessthantolerant

    Another Obama supporter expresses his opinion. When are going to realize this excuse for a president and his followers are nothing more than socialist enemies of the country?

    April 5, 2011 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  15. T'sah from Virginia

    Better check O'Keefe – he is known for "shaking things up" and this is right up his alley. As far as the "pig feet" – cook it or pickle it or fry it or make a trophy out of it!!!

    April 5, 2011 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  16. jules sand-perkins

    I see this as a statement of opinion rather than as a threat to King or anybody else.
    It is wise to consider as many opinions as possible.
    A pig's foot is harmless.

    April 5, 2011 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    I'm sorry Mr. King for this disturbing incident. My gut tells me this incident and recent ignorant incidient in Florida are not coincidental. I would arrest the parties responsible for both incident on charges of terrorism in one case. The other case I would charge the party with attempting to incite a riot, endangering national security, bias crimes, and treason among others.

    April 5, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Mr. King, I did not vote for you. You are not my representative. I would not vote for you even if you were because we disagree on too much..

    But, you have my vote to take any action you deem most appropriate to resolve this matter, and others like it. I trust your judgement in this matter, ( no don't get cocky on me ), to do what is best. I believe that attacks against members of Congress is tantamount to an act of war. There is probably no legal action that I would deem as not enough.

    April 5, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |