Given all the talk of violence (and potential violence) against House Democrats who voted for health care reform on Sunday, I just checked in with all of the reform-backing Democrats in the Washington State delegation to see if they've received any threats.
Emily Halnon, spokesperson for Rep. Rick Larsen (D-2), told me:
Rep. Larsen received two phone calls that raised concern with our staff. We discussed the threats internally and alerted Capitol Police Threats Assessment. Both callers mentioned possession of a weapon in the context of their opposition to health care reform. While we encourage a spirited debate and the right to speak freely on all issues, including health care reform, we draw the line at threats of violence.
Adam Hudson, spokesperson for Rep. Brian Baird (D-3), said:
We are being advised not to comment.
Robert Kellar, spokesperson for Rep. Jay Inslee (D-1):
We in our office, to date, have not received any threats of violence. Most of the people who have contacted our office, whether they're for or against it, have been very adamant, very vocal, but very civil.
Ed Shelleby, spokesperson for Rep. Jim McDermott (D-7):
So far, we haven’t had any.
Michale Amato, spokesperson for Rep. Adam Smith (D-9):
We have not received any threats.
And George Behan, spokesperson for Rep. Norm Dicks (D-6):
We did get a lot of phone calls and a lot of e-mail traffic in the days leading up to the vote last Sunday evening, and most expressed strong feelings. Anecdotally it appeared that the negative outweighed the positive, which is perhaps expected for this type of issue. But none crossed the threshold of “threatening.” Then on Monday we received a flurry of calls thanking Norm and the others in Congress for passing the bill. So at this point we haven’t received any bona fide threats, either in the DC office or at any of Norm’s district offices.