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Republican rival condemns threat to Perriello's brother's home

Anita Kumar

Republican Laurence Verga, who is running to replace Democratic U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello (D), this morning condemned the cut gas line and threatening letter left at Perriello's brother's home earlier this week.

"Disagreements over policy should never be resolved by violence but through civil discussion and elections,'' Verga said in a statement.

Federal and local authorities are investigating the severing of a gas line at the home of Perriello's brother in Charlottesville after his address was posted online by a tea party activist upset about Perriello's vote in favor of the federal health care bill. A threatening letter was also sent to the home. Read our previous report on Perriello and a full story on violence against members of Congress.

"While it is understandable that people may become angry over the discourse and results of an issue debate, it is unacceptable to respond with violence,'' Verga wrote. "Representative Perriello did his job in making a decision on a public policy debate before him in Congress. If you disagree with him then don't vote for him in November, but promoting and/or committing any act of violence toward him or his family should not and will not be tolerated."

Perriello defeated Republican Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr. in one of the closest House races in the nation in 2008. Seven Republican candidates are running in a primary June 8 to replace Perriello in what is considered one of the top races of the 2010 mid-term elections.

By Anita Kumar  |  March 25, 2010; 10:27 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Anita Kumar , Tom Perriello  
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Shots fired at REPUBLICAN U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor's office in Richmond according to NBC12.

Posted by: JTR555 | March 25, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

People are mad. If you have a sufficient number of angry people you'll get a riot.

Posted by: melador | March 25, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Now that the Tea Party has so clearly been revealed as a TERRORIST organization, the Dept. of Homeland Security must round up their leaders, and stop this threat to America.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | March 25, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

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