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.

Post by:
Filed under: Health Care • Politics
soundoff (457 Responses)
  1. Erik

    While I deplore this type of violence against our elected leaders, I see a certain double edge in his comment "This has to stop". We, the people feel the same way about the lying deceitful behavior of our elected fools in Washington DC.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bob in Kansas City

    isn't so funny now is it Eric?.....your side started all this fear mongering over the health care bill-what goes around comes around!!!!!!.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lori Johnson

    I think if Cantor told the Tea Baggers to calm down and stop threatening Dems, things would ease off quickly. Why do I find it hard to believe that Dems and Liberals (aka "Ther Winners" in this round) would feel the need to shoot up houses? Could Cantor be telling stories? Lord knows he has lied before..,.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Greg

    Do you really think the Repugnacans will join them in condemning these acts of violence?

    March 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John

    "Ye Reap As Ye Shall Sow." A phrase all the god-fearing Republicans should be familiar with. They've fanned hatred, winkingly condemned intimidation and violence, and fostered the culture of "Me" and international thuggery. Now they have to deal with the monsters they've created.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cynthia

    Oh, NOW it has to stop. Now that a "Family Values" "Christian Right" Republican is a target, that is the point at which it must stop. Mr. Cantor, if you and your ilk did not stir the fires so gleefully and had condemned the dangerous behavior from the start, we would not be having this discussion. Perhaps you will, from now on, value the safety of your colleagues as dearly as you value your own. Send that message to Crazy Sarah Palin, too.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bertina

    You reap what you sow.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CheryQQ4

    Nice – Now we have bi-partisan violence. Looks like the fear mongering is coming home to roost.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lisa Jackson

    I do not belive Mr.Cantor! If someone left threatening messages, he would assume they were a Democrat, and want to play them for the world. This is a slimy way for him to turn the tables on all these racist, ignorant tea party Republicans that are causing so much violence. The republicans opened the floodgates by egging these fools on and it backfired on them! Shame on them!

    March 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Eric

    Is this the hope and change we were promised? Things were bad when Bush left office in 2008. There is a reasonable expectation that the country should have improved during the first 18 months. We are quickly approaching 18 months and we have a country that is more divided, has massive amounts of new debt, record deficits, more war, fewer protection of civil liberties, higher taxes, higher unemployment, and lower credit availability.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. David

    Eric Cantor's window may have been shot. But, there can be no doubt the Republicans and their spokespeople such as Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh and others have incited this violence. Boehner actually said, on the air, that some representative in Ohie was a dead man for voting the way he did. This kind of rhetoric has got to stop or this violence is giong to get worse.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John

    I'm amazed at the ability of this party to take things that are happening to the Dems, flip it around, and make it about themselves. They're like a really self centered ex girlfriend.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John Thurman Wiggins

    "He who lives by the sword..."

    March 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Wes

    I hope the police investigates and a full report comes out so the public can see and read. I also hope the police makes a statement about the shooting, hunts down the perpetrator in this incident as well as those responsible for hte attakcs against the democrats and let the law, the court system deal with them. This must stop and we can not as americans accept this, as john McCain stated before, politcal rhetoric. This is unamerican, undemocratic and will have dire consequences to our democracy.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sunny

    This is terrorist tactis that Republican are using. We American knows the Intention of Osma Bin laden, but we will know for Republican & they are worst than terrorist. Terrorist kill peoples but this Republicn are going to kill country & they are leech.

    March 25, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31