Democratic lawmakers met with the Capitol police today to discuss the death threats and acts of vandalism that have occurred since the passage of the health reform bill. Some of the vandalism is pretty serious. The FBI is investigating "the discovery of a cut propane gas line at the Virginia home of Rep. Thomas Perriello’s (D-Va.) brother, whose address was targeted by tea party activists angry at the congressman’s vote for the health care bill."
"Any member who feels themselves at risk is getting attention from the proper authorities," Hoyer said. At least 10 Democratic lawmakers have complained of threats or other security concerns.
Those incidents have reportedly included death threats to Rules Committee Chairwoman Louise Slaughter and to Rep. Bart Stupak, who struck a last-minute deal with the White House on abortion Sunday, hours before the House voted; vandalism of the district offices of Slaughter and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords; and a brick through the window of the a county Democratic Party headquarters in Wichita, Kansas. The FBI is reportedly investigating a severed gas line at the home of Rep. Tom Perriello's brother after tea partiers posted the brother's address online, believing it to be Rep. Perriello's.
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