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. 53Wilikoki

    "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."

    But they won't. The poor loser Republicans seem to fomenting unrest every chance they get. If it comes back and bites them on the butt, they have no one to blame but themselves.

    March 25, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Demopublican

    Is this hypocrisy? To say not to use these events for political gain and media attention, and to do it at a media event just seems hypocritical.

    March 25, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Kelly

    If the politicians would start legislating, carrying on a dialogue of healthy debate, defend and abide by the Constitution of the United States of America, they wouldn't be getting shot at. There are reasons for revolutions. Recognize it! What makes them think that they can attempt to socialize our great nation without revolt? Americans are very well armed not only guns but also intelligence. We know what we have fought for in the past and are willing and able to continue the fight into the future to defend our liberties.
    The very last thing we want is some fool, who thinks that he is a "Messiah", forcing socialistic policies on our land.
    Americans are speaking out, loudly and clearly, but are being ignored by "politicians" looking to massage their own personal ego.

    March 25, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    WOW sorry to hear that, but did you really think constantly spreading fear and telling lies about healthcare to caputure votes that you WERE NOT GOIING TO UPSET THE ONES WHO WERE IN FAVOR OF IT???? Next time try a different approach!!!!

    March 25, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Manny

    C'mon these people are like little kids. Wait, I take that back, worst than kids! All this pointing fingers back and fourth is getting old and annoying. Grow up, do your job and shut up! Seems like instead of them doing their job, they use that time to figure out how to get re elected and if they have time.. actually do work.

    March 25, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Demopublican

    By the way, you can not use the term demopublican.

    March 25, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Martha Bibbs

    It is time for our political leaders to come together to stop this nonsense. Call a joint press conference to denounce the actions of the extremists. Let them know that such reprehensible behavior does not represent the vast majority of americans and will not have a positive influence on votes on these issues. Then let all living presidents come together and do the same thing: Denounce this unamerican behavior.

    March 25, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mike

    "It is reckless to use these incidents as media vehicles for political gain. ... Enough is enough. It has to stop."

    And yet here I am, in front of the media, using a similiar incident as a vehicle for political gain.

    I agree with you, Mr. Cantor, Stop it.

    March 25, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Luke

    If this is true, I feel that this country is taking a serious step in the wrong direction. I don't care which party you are a part of, what political beliefs you have. Actions like this only promote fear and further violence. I am a supporter of the health care legislation as well as President Obama, but I am more importantly a supporter of this country. Shooting, throwing rocks, cutting gas lines, issuing threats at our congressman is just unnecessary in our political system. However, I feel that some of the leaders and spokesman for the right are to blame. They are the ones throwing out hate filled speech and proposing a revolution in this country.

    March 25, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. CHANGE.COM

    You are blaming Democrats for ' "fanning the flames" of violence by using threats that have been made against Democratic members "as political weapons." '? You must be kidding me, Cantor. You Republicans have a difficulty telling the truth let alone admit that you have gone too far in your rhetoric lambastign democrats for HCR.

    March 25, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. fgUMP

    Stupid is as stupid does......

    So it came back to bite you in the butt....

    March 25, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. peederdee

    Was this incident reported to law enforcement authorities? Talk about "fanning the flames".

    March 25, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brandon

    I don't believe Cantor. I think he is trying to get attention from the media HATE OF FAUX NEWS AND THE GOP.

    March 25, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Woody

    I hope they get caught. My medical insurance got canceled after many years with Bluecross Blue shield after I was in a car accident. I was alway healthy . For those that were against this. All you have to do is be in a car accident to get your insurance canceled. Think about it !

    March 25, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Nerf

    "Just take your death threats like a man, like me, and shaddup about it."

    Who's office was it that got shot Mr. Cantor? Yours? oh no it wasn't was it?

    What a maroon.

    March 25, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
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