March 25th, 2010
01:52 PM ET

House GOP No. 2: Someone shot at my office

[Updated 1:49 p.m.] A Richmond police spokeswoman confirmed to CNN that a bullet was fired at Rep. Eric Cantor's campaign office.

"We are investigating the circumstance surrounding it," police spokeswoman Karla Peters said. Cantor disclosed the incident to reporters Thursday.

Cantor also accused Democrats of "fanning the flames" of violence by using threats that have been made against Democratic members "as political weapons." Democrats immediately hit back against Cantor's accusation, repeating their allegations that Republicans are at fault.

"We disagree with the charge made by Rep. Cantor today that Democrats are using acts of violence for political gain," said Brad Woodhouse, a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee.

"Let's be clear: calling on Republican leaders who have contributed in part to this anger by wildly mischaracterizing the substance and motives of health reform to condemn these acts is entirely appropriate. Instead distracting from the issue with more attacks, we would again ask Mr. Cantor and other Republicans ... to ratchet down the rhetoric, condemn deplorable behavior and find ways to disagree on these issues without the charged rhetoric that we've been hearing from Republican leaders."

[Posted at 12:33 p.m.] Rep. Eric Cantor, the number two Republican in the House of Representatives, said Thursday that a bullet had been shot through a window at his district office in Richmond, Virginia. He also said he had received threatening messages.

He said he would not publicly release the messages out of concern that doing so would only incite further violence.

He also accused Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine and Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland - a member of the Democratic House leadership - of "fanning the flames" of violence by using threats that have been made against Democratic members "as political weapons."

"Legitimate threats should be treated as security issues, and they should be dealt with by the appropriate law enforcement officials," Cantor told reporters on Capitol Hill. "It is reckless to use these incidents as media vehicles for political gain. ... Enough is enough. It has to stop."

Cantor, who is Jewish, said he had received numerous threats throughout his career both on account of his religion and his position in the GOP leadership.

More than 10 Democrats have reported trouble since the weekend health care vote, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, told reporters on Wednesday.

Windows have been smashed at Democratic offices in at least three states, and federal agents are investigating whether a cut gas line at the home of a Virginia congressman's brother was related to the lawmaker's yes vote.

Democratic congressional leaders have demanded Republicans join them in condemning a spate of threats and vandalism that has followed Sunday's vote on  a sweeping overhaul of the U.S. health care system.

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  1. Frank

    Sorry, GOP, you lie too much. I call bs.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. zed70

    people to washington: stop playing games. now.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lance Corporal

    Threats against Democrats? Horrors! We can't have this! Those dirty Republicans will stop at nothing! The violence must stop NOW! After all the health bill is good for everyone even if you are too stupid to realize it!

    Threats against Republicans?

    Oh well, that's the way it goes, you know the people have been frustrated for so long and they didn't like the way the Republicans tried to block the will of the people.

    Move along, move along, nothing to see here, move along....

    March 25, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mark Anderson

    This should be a headline story.

    this shows how bias cnn is.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. R Lloyd

    The GOP guy probably had one of his NRA member buddies shoot out the window so it would make him appear to be a victim.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jarhead

    Do you really think that the democommies are so dense, thick headed, or simple minded so that they do not understand who created the conditions and circumstances being experienced now?? Do they stand around, scratching their back pockets and wondering what all the fuss is about??

    March 25, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Heath Williamson

    Why is it that republicans always try to act like Democrats are the ones using republican tactics?

    March 25, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jon

    Not to say I don't believe the Congressman, but this seems more like a political "pox on both their houses" move, to prove its "not just the tea partiers that are violent.".

    March 25, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. socal frank

    It was another teabagger shooting at the wrong address.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lori in St Pete

    Sure it was Eric. More likely one of your brownshirts is just trying to take some of the heat off your side for the civil unrest they've instigated.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gilbert

    He probably shot at the window himself

    March 25, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tiffany

    I don't believe him.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DJ

    Liar! Release the tape of the call, and then *maybe* I'll believe him. And he has some nerve to blame the Democrats. Since when was passing legislation an act of "fanning the flames?"

    March 25, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Scalliwag

    hmmmm.... so it's the dems fauts for reporting they are being attacked? I'm thinking if things get a bit scary like this that the repubs will either chill down their crowd or at least have a reason to worry for their own well-being

    March 25, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CommonSense

    Of course political violence is WRONG- but; Americans are extremely unhappy with this bill and didn't/don't want it- how can the Democrats be suprised that people are lashing out when this "reform" is shoved down their throats? You'd think the Dems would have learned not to force unpopular policy on us when Clinton and Co. forced gun control down our throats in 93/94 and got smashed in the mid-terms.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
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