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Reform Foes Send Condom, Threats to Lawmaker

Betty McCollum also got gas-soaked flag
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2010 10:42 AM CDT
Reform Foes Send Condom, Threats to Lawmaker
World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick, center, talks with Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas., right, and Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., left, in 2008.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) Threats and abuse aimed at Democratic lawmakers who voted for health care reform continue, as Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum received numerous letters, including one containing a condom and another with a piece of a shredded American flag soaked in gasoline. The letter accompanying the condom reads, “Betty McCollum you’ve been dry f***** by the liberal party.” Another reads, “I will hound you. I will intimidate you and your family.”

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In a statement, the Minnesota Independent reports, McCollum said, “I will not back down in the face of attacks, threats, and violence.” Still, “this has gone beyond freedom of speech. This has gone to direct intimidation with intent to harm, and that is criminal action.” A note accompanying the flag, also sent to Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison and Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, said “it represents Obama and your liberal filth," CNN reports. "Because of you, we are now a country of dirt, shame, corruption and slime." (Read more Betty McCollum stories.)

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