Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY), one of the most vocal proponents of the new healthcare reform legislation, received a threatening letter containing an unidentified white powder today.
Law enforcement officials responded to the scene on Kew Gardens road at 1:50pm today, and nine people were reportedly decontaminated. Weiner, who represents areas of Brooklyn and Queens, says his office is closed pending identification of the substance. In a statement, Weiner did not address the letter, which reportedly told the Congressman to “drop dead” and cited his work on the healthcare reform bill:
Earlier today an envelope containing white powder and a threatening letter was delivered to my community office in Kew Gardens. The NYPD was immediately alerted and have responded appropriately by sending a Haz-Mat team. Any questions related to their response should be directed to the NYPD. My first priority is the safety of my staff and neighbors, and the authorities are currently taking steps to investigate and resolve the situation.
Rep. Weiner is not the only target in days following the passage of the bill. Talking Points Memo has compiled a map showing locations in which Democrats have experienced vandalism and “serious threats,” including broken windows and cut gas lines.