Press secretary: Threat made against Illinois U.S. representative
An e-mail threat was reportedly made against U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, seen in this file photo.
January 10th, 2011
11:11 AM ET

Press secretary: Threat made against Illinois U.S. representative

A staff member for Rep. Danny Davis, D-Illinois, received an e-mail over the weekend threatening the eight-term Democrat, Davis spokesman Ira Cohen said Monday.

Davis' office has filed a report with Capitol Hill police, Cohen noted. He would not say, however, if Davis had stepped up his personal security.

The threat came in the wake of Saturday's massacre in Tucson, Arizona, in which Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, was allegedly targeted for assassination. Six people were killed - including a federal judge - and 14 were wounded in the shooting. Giffords remains in critical condition.

Davis has public events scheduled Monday in Illinois which he plans to attend, Cohen noted.

The congressman recently withdrew from Chicago's mayoral race.

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  1. chrissy

    hey frank its probably ruffnutt using the same name he did it to me earlier

    January 10, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. duke

    I turned on Hannity to see if he would be having a civil discussion for a change. Sean and Bob Beckle were talking civilly about Gifford's head wound and hoped for a speedy recovery. Then they were trying to clear the air about how they are "friends" (no surprise there). Bob then took credit for the use of "targeting" on political maps when Sarah Palin's cross hairs ads came up. Apparently Dems use the same bulls eye style of maps in their campaigning. They then began arguing that we shouldn't jump to any conclusions about political rhetoric on TV (no surprise there). They then began to argue which rhetoric was worse: Bush bashing or Obama bashing?.. At that point I turned off the TV. Moral of the story is this: They like us at each other's throats. The people need to unite against the twisted media and politicians. No more fringe liberal vs fringe conservative arguments. Only the truth and compromise should matter.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • affableman


      It's a nice thought but unfortunately you can't compromise with people who won't compromise. You can't be civil to the uncivilized. They've proven themselves to be this way time and time again.

      January 11, 2011 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. onlyslightlyamused

    @Duke. I agree with you. Its all part of the plan. Keep the "little people" focused on minor things while they all drain this country dry. Wanna know what prople reall think? Turn off your TV. Go talk to your neighbors.

    January 10, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • affableman


      Really agree with the turn off the tv thing. I grew up watching the evening news. In 2000, I gave it up and have since just read the news from many sources on the web.

      I don't need to be told what to think like the wingnuts on here. I'm able to think for myself.

      January 11, 2011 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. affableman

    Liberals, it's time to arm up. These people have no morals, no ethics and no plain and simple manners. The "tea party" is composed of a lot of neo-brownshirts and they don't care that unarmed innocent people lost their lives Saturday.

    They won't take responsiblity for their words let alone their actions. They don't take responsiblity for anything like lying us into a war, wrecking the economy with their failed ideology and falied policies. They don't care abou the truth, they don't care about the country, they only care about their greed.

    They'll do anything to get in power again. You might have noticed that we didn't have a "tea party" until we had a black president. Wonder why that is.

    I also wonder why even though all republicans are not racists all racists are republican, just as not all republicans are anti-semites, all anti-semites are republican.

    They don't care as they're cowards, plain and simple. Lying bullying cowards who'll stop at nothing and have no consciences.

    So my advice is to arm up. They won't stop, they thrive on fear and hate.

    January 11, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Well stated,affableman. Thank you.

      January 11, 2011 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mmmmm

    Um, what's wrong with this picture? Live bullets with casualties vs a single email. Live bullets vs a single email! You been in office for 8 WHOLE YEARS! Come on Rep. Davis...can the people who are trully suffering keep the lime light without sharing it? You are a picture of health. I doubt anyone is after you.

    January 11, 2011 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Then why did some right-wing nutjob e-mail him,Mmmmm? These right-wing fanatics are so full of hate(including the hateful,ignorant Tea Partiers) that they're constantly posting their support for the obnoxious war in Afghanistan and almost limitless military spending!

      January 11, 2011 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. affableman

    It's the right-wing meme of the day. They get their marching orders (talking points) from Fox and talk radio. Notice how the meme for Monday was, "Free Speech" and "He's just a nut"? They can't think for themselves so they just vomit up what they heard on hate radio.

    Gee, my parrot can do that.

    January 11, 2011 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. ProudLiberalVeteran

    The Republican Party – "Taking back shot at a time"

    January 11, 2011 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
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