Republicans Target of Threats and Violence from Health Care Debate

By: Chad Pergram, John Brandt and Trish Turner, FOX News

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) says that someone shot a bullet through his Richmond campaign office Monday and he has also received multiple threatening emails.

Cantor called on other legislators to refer complaints to the proper authorities rather than release them to the public.

“It is reckless to use these incidents as media vehicles for political gain,” Cantor said. “That is why I have deep concerns that some…DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman) Chairman Chris Van Hollen and DNC (Democratic National Committee) Chairman Tim Kaine in particular, are recklessly fanning the flames by suggesting that these incidents be used as a political weapon."

Cantor is the highest-elected Jewish official in the country and the only Jewish Republican in the House.

As a member of the House leadership, U.S. Capitol Police provide Cantor with a security detail around the clock. But FOX has learned that Cantor was one of about ten lawmakers who requested enhanced protection after a spate of threats. Most of the threats were directed at House Democrats who voted in favor of the health care reform bill over the weekend.

The Department of Homeland Security is involved in the Cantor case because he is a member of the House leadership.

Yesterday, Capitol Police Chief Phil Morse, House Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Livingood and FBI officials met with House Democrats behind closed doors Wednesday to discuss security measures.

Despite Cantor’s call to keep Congressional threats a law enforcement issue and not a political issue, at least one member of his party distributed a threatening voicemail left at a Congressional office.

A caller to the office of Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) used profane language and intimated that he wished the Ohio Republican broke her back when she was hit by a car during a jogging accident last year. The caller also hinted at an episode at the Capitol over the weekend where a protester spit at Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO). The protester was detained but no charges were filed.

“If one of those f---ing tea baggers would have spitted (sic) on me, I woulda shot them in the f---in face with my f---in 9 millimeter,” the caller said.

U.S. Capitol Police are declining to comment about any security measures they’re taking to protect lawmakers.