Specific intelligence indicates that Al Qaeda terror operatives intend to try to disrupt U.S. elections this fall, Rep. Jim Gibbons (search) told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The Nevada Republican who chairs a house subcommittee on intelligence and counterterrorism, made his comments before a speech at the 26th annual Financial Executives Gaming Forum (search) at the MGM Grand hotel-casino.

"We know that the terrorists ... are attempting to influence the elections in November," Gibbons told The Associated Press.

Democrats will gather the last week in July in Boston, and Republicans are scheduled to meet in New York at the end of August.

"We're very concerned about those locations that will be a gathering of the political leaders of both sides of the aisle," Gibbons said.