That’s what one of my fellow Minnesotans, a gun-nut proto-teabagger, said to Paul Wellstone after he was elected to the Senate, and was busy opposing Gulf War I. There were many other threats as well, once again demonstrating that right wingers are often rude, sometimes violent, and always obnoxious.
This comes up now because Paul Wellstone’s FBI file is suddenly in the public eye.
The threats alarmed Wellstone’s staff and led his state director, Jeff Blodgett, to contact the FBI and other authorities, MPR reported. Blodgett agreed to an agent’s recommendation to put a “trap and trace” on Wellstone’s St. Paul office phone line to track down the callers.
“We were shocked and surprised by these kinds of calls,” Blodgett told MPR last week. “We certainly didn’t expect that death threats would be part of the job of being a U.S. senator or taking death threats would be part of the job of Senate staff.”
Wellstone was saddened and “and as surprised as everyone else was” by the threats, Blodgett said.