Man arrested for threatening Rep. Eric Cantor

WASHINGTON Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:36pm EDT

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) in Washington, October 1, 2009. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) in Washington, October 1, 2009.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have arrested and charged a man with threatening to kill the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, Eric Cantor, and his family, according to court documents filed on Monday.

Norman Leboon, 38, was accused of making the threat in a video on YouTube in which he said, "You receive my bullets in your office, remember they will be placed in your heads," according to an FBI affidavit accompanying the charge.

A bullet was fired through a window at Cantor's Richmond, Virginia, campaign office last week, but police said it had been shot into the air and struck the window in a downward direction, suggesting it was a stray bullet.

Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Congress have been trading accusations that each side was encouraging threats that have been made against lawmakers in the wake of the new healthcare law that Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed last week.

Authorities tracked Leboon to an address in Philadelphia where there was a state warrant pending in connection with other threats, according to an affidavit filed by an FBI agent with the two-count complaint.

Leboon was arrested on Saturday and during an interview with the FBI, he said he had made the video with his cell phone and submitted it to YouTube, the FBI affidavit said. Leboon said he had made more than 2,000 videos with threats, it said.

Describing himself as the "son of the god of Enoch," Leboon called Cantor as "pure evil" and that the lawmaker's family was "suffering because of his father's wrath," the affidavit said.

The Virginia lawmaker, who serves as chief Republican vote counter in the House of Representatives, was told of the threat over the weekend and subsequently of the arrest, his spokesman, Brad Dayspring, said in a statement.

If convicted, Leboon could face up to 15 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

(Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky and Andy Sullivan, editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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I don’t know about “trading accusations” of violence, but right-wingers have actually been threatening a new “Krystallnact”- a Night of Broken Glass, where republican activists will break the windows of Democratic offices. This is PRECISELY the opening tactics of Hitler’s Brownshirts as they sought to take over Munich.

Mar 29, 2010 4:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Izzzy wrote:
Propeller: You have it backwards. It was socialists that were the roots of Nazism. And true to form, the dems once again use phony accusations and plants to cast blame on the conservatives. Already about 9 of the incidents have been proven attacks by democrats wishing to cast a pallor over their opposition. A feeble and dishonest mode of operations true to socialists.

Mar 29, 2010 9:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Duuuuh wrote:
What about… What about…

Look… I’m an independent. (A reformed Republican if you will.) I consider myself aligned with the Tea Party. I’m tired of the same old, same old that is going on in Washington. The back room deals, payoffs and corruption.

ALL sides have our fruitcakes. Right wing, left wing, center and so forth.

The vast majority of reasonable people left, middle and right are against violence and denounce it. Neither side has a corner on the market for denouncing violence.

So to set here and trade “stories” back and forth is ridiculous. We have to understand that it is these eggheads on both sides that will continue to divide and foment violence unless we stop them.

If we don’t stop them… then we deserve what we get and that will be a civil war.

It is up to the reasonable people on both sides to see that this does not happen and not blame each other for the wackos that are among us.

We may not agree politically… but I think we can agree on that.

Mar 29, 2010 9:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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