Monday, January 10, 2011

Ill. rep concerned for safety after Ariz. attack

The tragedy in Tucson, Arizona over the weekend is reverberating here with Congressman Bobby Rush:
Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush says he's "very concerned" about his own safety and the safety of other congressmen following the shooting attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona.

The Chicago Democrat tells The Associated Press the climate for political leaders is bad, particularly for those who've supported President Barack Obama.
Rush says he's told those around him to be more vigilant. But he doesn't plan to scale back on any public appearances.
Also, west side Congressman and former Mayoral candidate Danny Davis also claimed to have received a threat over the weekend as well:
U.S. Rep. Danny Davis said his office received an e-mail threat on Sunday.

"It was some person who emailed one of my staff persons and said that 'Danny Davis is next,'" Davis said. Davis, a Chicago Democrat, said the Capitol Police and Chicago police have been notified.

Chicago police news affairs could not immediately confirm that a report of a threat had been filed with the department.
Davis said he would typically ignore such a threat, but a shooting Saturday that injured U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, killed six and injured 14, prompted him to be on alert.
I know there are those who are blaming political discourse in this nation for the Tucson tragedy. This has nothing to do with political discourse, but everything to do with a nutcase who was bent on committing some form of violence.

Best wishes to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who was the target of this individual. She was shot in the head at close range, but is still with us (check this CBS News update) and there were 8 other people who are still hospitalized. Best wishes to those people as well.

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