“I voted for you,” said a voice mail for U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.). “If you vote for that stimulus package, I'm gonna kill you. Simple as that.” The FBI says the caller was a 70-year-old man with a history of mental illness and a cache of guns who had beaten and choked his wife, reports Politico.com. Threats against members of Congress were detailed in FBI documents provided to Politico under a Freedom of Information Act request.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mi.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wi.) were threatened with assassination. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tx) and Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-Tx) were threatened with bodily harm. Someone told Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ar.) that her throat would be cut. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Ca.) was told someone would physically “f–- her up” if she held a town hall meeting in her district. Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer says threats against members of Congress were up 300 percent in the first few months of 2010.