Congresswoman Tenney Receives Threatening Email Following Today’s Shooting
Congresswoman Claudia Tenney says she received a threatening email in the wake of Wednesday morning's shooting incident that apparently targeted Republican members of congress who were practicing for an upcoming charity baseball game.
Tenney, the first term representative of NY's 22nd congressional district, told Syracuse.com that the email she received began: 'One down, 216 to go.'
Republican Louisiana Congressman and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot, along with a congressional aide and two members of the U.S. Capital Police in the Wednesday morning ambush, according to reports. The shooter, identified by several media outlets as 66-year-old James Hodgekinson of Illinois, was shot by authorities and later died.
According to Syracuse.com, the email purported to have come from a 22nd district constituent and included a name, phone number and a Boonville, NY address. It continued:
"Did you NOT expect this?" the writer added. "When you take away ordinary peoples very lives in order to pay off the wealthiest among us, your own lives are forfeit(ed). Certainly, your souls and morality were lost long before. Good riddance."
Tenney reported the email to U.S. Capital Police, she said.
Following the shooting, Tenney posted a message on her congressional Facebook page:
Earlier this year, Tenney cited security concerns and death threats in response to criticism over her decision not to host town hall meetings in her district to discuss federal issues, namely healthcare.