[Ed. – Civility on display again on the left]
An Indiana man was arrested at his home on Thursday evening after being accused of using e-mail and voicemail messages to send death threats to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
Brandon James Thompson, 30, appeared for a U.S. District Court judge magistrate in Indianapolis on Friday morning. Federal documents state that on March 31, Thompson used a “contact” feature on Boehner’s Congressional website to leave a message in which he vowed to kill the House Speaker, who hails from southwestern Ohio. Part of the message read:
“It’s time to take you out. You want to play with 2.7 million people’s lives. I am going to take yours. You will never see it coming with my sniper rifle.”
By April 2nd, federal investigators had already traced the message to a wireless router located in Thompson’s neighborhood in New Castle, Indiana.
Boehner’s wife, Debbie, told U.S. Capitol Police that she had received voicemail messages threatening her husband on her personal cellphone on May 1 and May 6. The first message said:
“I’m coming after your … husband. He shoulda extended unemployment insurance. Now it’s too late.”
The message ended with a threat to rip Boehner’s head off.