A Palm Springs, Calif., man was arrested on Wednesday on a federal charge that he threatened to kill Rep. James McDermott (D) of Washington because of the congressman’s stance in last month’s debate over whether to extend the Bush tax cuts.
FBI agents arrested Charles Turner Habermann for making two late-night cell phone calls to the congressman’s Seattle office Dec. 9. According to an FBI affidavit, Mr. Habermann has a history of contacting elected officials and received a warning from California law enforcement officials in March 2010.
“Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, or George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, if any of them had ever met Jim McDermott, they would all blow his brains out. They’d shoot him in the head,” Mr. Habermann, 32, allegedly said in a recorded voice mail message on Mr. McDermott’s office telephone.
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Answer by rosiemendo at 9:02 AM on Jan. 13, 2011
My thoughts are that it rings hollow when this only makes a headline after the shooting, even though it's a common occurrence targeting lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Would we have heard about this if it happened 2 weeks ago? Answer by NotPanicking
Completely agree. This was a common occurrence prior to this tragedy. That's my thought. I don't think it's right but I am pretty sure that law makers have received threats from the people since the beginning of time.
Answer by QuinnMae at 9:03 AM on Jan. 13, 2011
And? There's nobody excusing it, it just happens. Considering the condition of our country for the last couple / few years, I'm not at all surprised that there are more threats. I'm just not going to sensationalize it for any reason. If you feed a stray, it will stay.
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