President Obama's political arm sent a fundraising solicitation Thursday highlighting several death threats against congressional Democrats in the days following Sunday's health care reform vote.
"The attacks are fierce. Deceptive ads are hitting the airwaves in swing districts. GOP lawmakers are pushing to repeal reform – and preventing the Senate from performing basic functions," Organizing for America Director Mitch Stewart writes in the e-mail to supporters. "A few Republican attorneys general have launched a baseless attack to overturn the legislation. But that's not even the worst of it.
He added, "A conservative blogger posted the home address of Congressman Tom Perriello, urging tea partiers to 'drop by.' Other members have had death threats. Democratic offices have been vandalized."
Politico reported Monday that a Tea Party activist in Lynchburg, Virginia, angry over Perriello's vote in favor of health care reform legislation, had posted the address of Perriello's brother online and encouraged other activists to "stop by" and weigh in on the bill. The activist had apparently meant to post the congressman's home address but mistakenly published his brother's.
The FBI and local law enforcement officials are investigating a "suspicious incident" at the home of the Congressman's brother. A line to the propane tank on his brother's gas grill had been "severed," an aide to the Democratic congressman told CNN.
Earlier in day, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe released a fundraising e-mail on behalf of Perriello.
They have no shame, but you already knew that.