Someone’s Been Sending GOP Lawmakers A Bizarre Threat Over The Debt CeilingPosted: February 12, 2014
House Republicans have been getting a weird email in recent weeks: a threat over the debt ceiling vote that’s been sent to the lawmakers’ closely guarded personal email addresses. “It’s got to be another member. Probably one of the crazy ones,” one GOP lawmaker said.
WASHINGTON — John Stanton reports: A group of House Republicans has received a mysterious threat in recent weeks: an anonymous email that promises political retribution for those who vote yes to a debt-limit increase — sent to their closely guarded personal email addresses.
Because of the near-secret nature of lawmakers’ internal email addresses, the emails have raised more than a few eyebrows — and the possibility that one of their own was behind, or at least assisting in the attacks.
The emails, circulated to lawmakers at the end of January and during their closed door retreat earlier this month, came as Republicans struggled to come up with a plan to extend the nation’s debt limit. Leadership threw in the towel Tuesday, opting to move a bill that simply raises the debt ceiling without other conditions. The bill passed Tuesday, with nearly every House Democrat and 28 Republicans voting for it.
“It’s got to be another member. Probably one of the crazy ones,” said a Republican who had seen the email, which was sent from an anonymous email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the email, the lawmakers received a set of forwarded emails sent by “unrepresentative one” to Oklahoma Rep. James Lankford and Speaker John Boehner. The apparent message to GOP House members: If you vote for a debt-limit increase, an outside group mentioned in the email will mobilize against you.
In the forwarded email to Boehner, the writer professes his previous loyalty to the House leader before accusing the Ohio Republican of lying. “John, I’ve never voted against you. Nor have I ever not done whatever you asked of me, nor am I one of the second-guessers who thinks you have an easy job. But, isn’t it time we stopped lying to the American People in re the debt limit?” the email says.
The bizarrely constructed email also contains a cryptic back-and-forth between “unrepresentative one” and a shadowy third party — email@example.com — who demands “High discretion required on attached – no ID on this or source $. Your colleagues merit everything planned. No idea how you can stand it, but yes, you are exempt.”
The email includes several attachments, including a list of “targeted debt hikers” who voted for previous debt increases and a spreadsheet of Lankford’s donors.
A Boehner spokesman declined to comment, and emails to “unrepresentative one” and exposethefrauds were not returned…
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