A coffin was placed on a Missouri Democrat’s lawn, another in a string of incidents against lawmakers after their vote Sunday on a health care overhaul.
Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.) had a coffin placed “near his home,” a spokesman said Wednesday evening.
This came after Rep. Tom Perriello’s (D-Va.) brother’s gas lines were cut, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) received death threats and Rules Committee Chairwoman Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) received a message saying snipers were being deployed to kill children of those who voted for health care overhaul.
Several other Democrats have had threats leveled against them, prompting a closed-door briefing of Democratic members by the FBI, Capitol Police and the House Sergeant at Arms.
“Carnahan appreciates thoughtful feedback received both in favor and opposition of health insurance reform,” Carnahan spokesman Jim Hubbard told POLITICO Wednesday evening “We can disagree on important issues facing our country without resorting to this kind of thing. Russ Carnahan isn’t going to shy away from the importance of reform when 45,000 fellow Americans died last year due to a lack of health insurance.”
Tom Perriello Standing Tall
Jake Sherman and Marin Cogan have a good luck at various unhinged attacks on pro-reform members of congress, including a series of incidents in which tea partiers have been vandalizing congressional offices. The Tom Perriello part, however, is the best:
A fellow tea party blogger said he thought it was fine for Troxel to post Perriello’s home address. “They have our home addresses,” said Kurt Feigel, who complained that protesters had little choice but to go to Perriello’s home because Perriello’s office doesn’t “respond to e-mail; they don’t respond to letters; they don’t respond to us showing up at his office. So what am I going to do?”Members of Congress who are able to put their own careers in proper perspective are exactly the kind of members of Congress that we need the most.
Perriello said his family doesn’t want him to be afraid. But when asked if he was scared anyway, the Virginia Democrat replied: “Whatever.”
“I’ve lived in Sierra Leone for two years, where the life expectancy is 34 years old. If the worst thing that happens is that special-interest groups spend millions of dollars against me and my most ardent opponents organize against me, it’s hardly a ‘cry me a river’ moment — as long as people act civil and within the law.”
Obviously the second one was written before Perriello's brother's gas lines were cut but it's still badass, brave, special, inspiring, etc -- btw the kid he is being adorbs with in that pic is his niece, the daughter of his brother that is being targeted
and Carnahan's threat is especially gruesome because his dad was killed while campaigning for Senate (you may have heard of it because he was posthumously elected, beating the still-alive Republican and man who would in a few months become our Attorney General, John Ashcroft.)