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Pipe Bomb Suspect Also Threatened Beto O'Rourke

Threats were sent over Facebook, spokesperson for Texas congressman says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 31, 2018 4:02 PM CDT
Beto O'Rourke, the 2018 Democratic candidate for US Senate in Texas, speaks to supports during an early morning a campaign stop, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Waco, Texas.   (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune Herald, via AP)

(Newser) – A spokesman for Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke says the Democratic congressman received threats earlier this year from the suspected pipe bomber in Florida, the AP reports. O'Rourke spokesman Chris Evans says Cesar Sayoc used Facebook to send threatening messages in April. Evans says O'Rourke, who's in a heated race against Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, didn't receive suspicious packages in the mail. The FBI says Sayoc mailed 15 improvised explosive devices to prominent Democrats, Trump critics and media outlets before he was arrested last week. Evans says the Facebook messages were reported to US Capitol police at the time. He says FBI agents and dogs have also been at their campaign office in El Paso. (Sayoc was seen chanting "CNN sucks" at a Trump rally.)

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