Unionist anger against the collective bargaining bill remains unabated in the last few days. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that up to 100,000 demonstrators appeared in Madison Saturday, and that phone banks have been set up to force recall of State Senators who voted in favor of the bill. Organizers also hope to force a recall of Gov. Walker. [Note: The recall is not a legal option in Ohio].
I hope this is a hoax; but even if it is a hoax, the perpetrator should be brought to justice for what we in Ohio would call "aggravated menacing."
Reporter Charlie Sykes posted this in the blog of radio station WTMJ in Milwaukee. Mr. Sykes states that the e-mail was signed, but that he was withholding the name pending the police investigation. The e-mail is quoted in full, and is not for the fainthearted. The spelling and grammar were in the original.
From: XXXXI am not suggesting that anyone is doing this in Ohio, but obviously, we are in a time when we need to be aware of what is going on.
Sent: Wed 3/9/2011 9:18 PM
To: Sen.Kapanke; Sen.Darling; Sen.Cowles; Sen.Ellis; Sen.Fitzgerald; Sen.Galloway; Sen.Grothman; Sen.Harsdorf; Sen.Hopper; Sen.Kedzie; Sen.Lasee; Sen.Lazich; Sen.Leibham; Sen.Moulton; Sen.Olsen
Subject: Atten: Death threat!!!! Bomb!!!!
Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for more information on possible scenarios in which you will die.
WE want to make this perfectly clear. Because of your actions today and in the past couple of weeks I and the group of people that are working with me have decided that we've had enough. We feel that you and the people that support the dictator have to die. We have tried many other ways of dealing with your corruption but you have taken things too far and we will not stand for it any longer. So, this is how it's going to happen: I as well as many others know where you and your family live, it's a matter of public records.
We have all planned to assult you by arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head. However, we decided that we wouldn't leave it there. We also have decided that this may not be enough to send the message to you since you are so "high" on Koch and have decided that you are now going to single handedly make this a dictatorship instead of a demorcratic process. So we have also built several bombs that we have placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent.
This includes, your house, your car, the state capitol, and well I won't tell you all of them because that's just no fun. Since we know that you are not smart enough to figure out why this is happening to you we have decided to make it perfectly clear to you. If you and your goonies feel that it's necessary to strip the rights of 300,000 people and ruin their lives, making them unable to feed, clothe, and provide the necessities to their families and themselves then We Will "get rid of" (in which I mean kill) you. Please understand that this does not include the heroic Rep. Senator that risked everything to go aganist what you and your goonies wanted him to do. We feel that it's worth our lives to do this, because we would be saving the lives of 300,000 people. Please make your peace with God as soon as possible and say goodbye to your loved ones we will not wait any longer. YOU WILL DIE!!!!
Update Mar. 11: The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating the death threats. Its report essentially confirms what was stated above. Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald told the Sun-Times that a protester "was arrested this week for trespassing at his Dodge County home after she walked onto his porch and banged on the window."