On Sunday, a Las Vegas CBS News affiliate reported that a threatening note was left at a local office of Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., after someone broke into the office Saturday morning. The nature of the threat was not revealed, but the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed an entry made to Heller’s offices located at 8930 W. Sunset.
“LVMPD would not confirm the information about the threatening note,” the report said.
Heller’s office did not comment on the incident, saying, “We can’t comment on/discuss ongoing investigations.”
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8 News NOW said it also reached out to the FBI because any threat to the life or safety of a U.S. Senator could be a matter for the agency.
Metro police spokesman confirms a break in at campaign office of Sen. Dean Heller. Some sort of threat was made as well.
— George Knapp (@g_knapp) July 17, 2017
The Daily Caller added:
Heller is among a handful of Republicans who have come out against the Republican health care bill. “I cannot support a bill that takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans,” he said at a press conference recently with Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval.
Sen. Heller is up for reelection in 2018. Nevada Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen announced his intention to run against Heller last month.
Although Senate Democrats have more seats to defend this campaign season than Republicans, Heller appears to be in a vulnerable spot in terms of his own reelection with Democrats already pumping money into the race hoping to pick up his seat.
We can only imagine what the threat may have been, but as we and others have noted, liberal threats against Republicans have increased significantly since November’s election. According to a June 30 post at The Hill, there have already been more threats against lawmakers this year than in 2016:
The U.S. Capitol Police has investigated close to 1,000 threats directed at lawmakers in the first half of this year, a top House official said in a letter made public Friday.
Paul Irving, the House sergeant at arms, stated that the Capitol Police looked into about 950 threatening messages aimed at members of the House “because of their profile as elected representatives or members of Congress.”
That’s already more than the approximately 902 threatening messages investigated by the Capitol Police in all of 2016.
The report did not specify how many of the reports were against Republicans, but noted:
A number of lawmakers have gotten death threats this year, including Reps. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and Tom Garrett (R-Va.), from people angry about the GOP’s healthcare bill and President Trump.
But it seems the situation is far worse than The Hill states. Writing at the Washington Free Beacon earlier in June, Alex Griswold said 30 Republicans have been threatened in the period between May 1 – June 22. On June 22, he observed that two Republicans were targeted:
An Ohio man was arrested for leaving a voicemail threatening the life and family of Rep. Steve Stivers (Ohio).
“We’re coming to get every goddamn one of you and your families. Maybe the next one taken down will be your daughter. Huh? Or your wife. Or even you,” the man said.
The same day, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz played a threatening voicemail he had received on “Fox & Friends.”
“I suggest you prepare for the battle motherf**ker, and the apocalypse,” the caller yelled. “Because we are going to hunt your ass down, wrap a rope around your neck, and hang you from a lamppost.”
This is the modern left. Let that sink in…
- Maine Dem. state Rep. issues violent threat against Donald Trump
- Thanks, liberal media: Republicans now face death threats from violent leftists
- Number of Republicans threatened, attacked rises
- NY Republican Congresswoman’s email death threat: ‘One down, 216 to go’
- Georgia GOP candidate receives suspicious package with letters, substance
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