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McDonnell, other governors receive letter threatening 'removal' if they don't resign

The FBI is investigating a threatening letter sent to Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) this week.

The letter was received at the governor's office in Richmond Wednesday. It was turned over to the Virginia State Police, which sent it to the Richmond FBI office.

The governor's office released a statement Friday morning that
said the "the Governor and his family are secure."

FBI Agent M.A. Myers declined to say what the letter said, but the Associated Press is reporting that a group called called Guardians of the Free Republics demanded that McDonnell step down within three days or he would be removed.

McDonnell was one of many governors across the nation who received a letter, and Myers said the FBI is aware of who sent the letters. No arrests have been made.

The threats come after a series of threats against several members of Congress, mostly Democrats. A Philadelphia man was charged Monday with threatening to kill Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and his family.

-- Anita Kumar

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  April 2, 2010; 11:21 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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To be taken seriously, a healthy dose of article proofing might be in order (for composition, not content).

Posted by: hoser3 | April 2, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

They leave out the part where the people doing the threatening are an extreme right wing organization. How convenient!

Posted by: blarsen1 | April 2, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

<<< They leave out the part where the people doing the threatening are an extreme right wing organization. How convenient! & that the Governor is an extreme right wing governor. How stupid ! !

Posted by: swvawired | April 2, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Bob McConnell is not an "extreme right wing governer". He is a republican, and a conservative, yes, but is hardly extreme by the standards of today's political climate. The Guardians the Free Republics *is* an extreme right wing group, and apparently Mr. McConnell is not extreme enough. This goes to show that everyone who is not a right-wing extremist should be worried about these potentially violent reactionary groups that seem to be gaining steam these days.

Posted by: seraphina2 | April 2, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Why are the domestic terrorists all fans of Glen Beck and his ilk? It's ridiculous to think that Fox news is not propaganda and a purveyor of hate. Very concerning.

Posted by: couloir98 | April 2, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Understand this! These extremist groups are neither Republican nor Democrat; neither conservative nor liberal! These "nut-jobs" are 'Anarchists'; pure and simple. They desire to bring down our government regardless of the party with the majority or who is sitting in the oval office. This nation is divided and it is this division that spurns the hate that arises from these extremist groups. Remember; "A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand" and these anarchists know this. President Obama and his ilk are polarizing and divisive. We need leaders who are uniters, not dividers. Who will take us all up; not bring us all down!

Posted by: LarkinGMead | April 2, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

How convenient that the left trots out the spectre of domestic terrorism right after they force the most unpopular bill in US history into law. I challenge you leftist lemmings to look at the statistics of actual threats from the 80's to the present and you will see there is no spike or escalation in the stats, just an attempt to deflect from the state of affairs in which the current and past regime has put America. Sure, there's a lot of pissed off people out there, but its only a very poorly advised few that are actually making threats when they should carry their anger to the voting booth.

Posted by: RUListening2Urself | April 2, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Could be eco-terrorists who are not happy about oil drilling off Virginia.

Posted by: spro | April 2, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

seraphina- How should a gov. be "rated" when a segment of Virginians are denied the rights afforded to all other Virginians?

Posted by: hoser3 | April 2, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

swvawired wrote:
They leave out the part where the people doing the threatening are an extreme right wing organization. How convenient! & that the Governor is an extreme right wing governor. How stupid ! !
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Sounds like sour grapes from an experienced loser. I'm so sorry your goon was soundly trounced in the election. Stupid is as stupid does!

Posted by: jpost1 | April 2, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

@RUListening2Urself

Most people in America have never heard of Operation Gladio. I suggest you Google it, learn about it, and then comment on who it is that supports the right-wing in the world (yes the world not just America). Hopefully it will open your eyes.

Posted by: weekendclimber | April 2, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Good morning one and all (PDT). Come November, vote Democrat!

Posted by: hoser3 | April 2, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Imagine if someone on the right engaged in an organized, active bombing campaign like Ayers and his crew.

Oh wait, I know, they'd be college professors.

Posted by: MrNationalist | April 2, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like another oaf kept.

Posted by: feith4cash | April 2, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

If someone with a Muslin sounding name had posted a map on the internet with crosshairs over political candidates, they'd be in Gitmo right now.

Posted by: blarsen1 | April 2, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't Al Qaida a "Right Wing Extremist" group too?

Funny how the shoe only fits when it's convenient.

Posted by: Grumpypaul | April 2, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

It seems the public is equally disgusted with both the fascists (republicans) and the communists (democrats)that represent multi-national corporations and foreign governments. Maybe we'll see an end to their unconstitutional elitist rule and their freedom hating police state.

Posted by: brattykathyi1 | April 2, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

This is what happens when a group of Communists ignore the Constitution and the majority of American people and ram "health care" down our throats.

Fidel Castro praised the Democrats for passing their "health care" bill. Enough said.

Posted by: mellingerman | April 2, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

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Written by the RNC.

This is a political stunt by the Republicans to counter Teabaggers.

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Posted by: A-Voter | April 2, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

"Imagine if someone on the right engaged in an organized, active bombing campaign like Ayers and his crew".

That would be right wing Christian terrorist Timothy McVeigh, the hero of the teabaggers.

Posted by: blarsen1 | April 2, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm saddened by the extreme hatred in these discussions. We are slowly drifting apart and heading into an irreversible confrontation...and what I mean by that is, Civil War II. Please let's think about this before it's too late. Our (the US) society is heading into oblivion earlier than past great empires - the Romans, Greeks, Conquistadores, Vikings, even the Incas. We have another couple hundred years of glory...let's not fizzle out now.

Posted by: snl626 | April 2, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

That is sad because we are in the decline of American civilization. The growing number of discontented American people fed up with shrewd dishonest politicians and a huge propaganda mainstream new media with feeding of distortion and fabrication. The large number of corporations control our media and Internet in order to censor and regulate our freedom of speech and press. For two major example: 1) WMG (Warner Music Group) censored several videos in www.youtube.com. 2) Kentucky senator Jim Bunning ignored the plight of unemployed people with their struggling financial survivals when he obstructed unemployment benefits, Medicare payments, and paychecks to highway workers. What can the Congress can do for us? Actually nothing - they simply created more laws and bills (including additional taxes) that lobbyists benefits from them for the money, not for American people. Bailout for banks never help American people, only for bank executives who made billion dollars for themselves from our tax dollars. They are pure simply greed. We are corporate socialism in this country because big corporation owns and runs the government.

Posted by: oneeye_jeff | April 2, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

The United States has had extremist groups and threats against elected officials throughout its history. Most of the political assasinations, however, have been carried out by individuals acting on their own. A serious question that needs to be addressed is whether or not the amount and level of extremist activity and talk is greater now than it has been in the past and, if so, what can and should be done about it.

Posted by: jculfsr | April 2, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey Palin...howz that right wingy tea baggery thing working out for you?

Guardians of Free Republics = Tea Baggers

Posted by: Nosh1 | April 2, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I predict we'll see this sort of right wing kookery on a weekly basis from here on out.

And one of these groups of tea bagging nuts will succeed in killing some people.

And this will cost the Republicans the election. They're going to learn that Americans don't like raving, gun waving, spitting, wild eyed, irrational, red neck, hate spewing tea baggers.

Posted by: Andrea_KC | April 2, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Look, posting a letter to Jindal exposes these dopes for what they are, political PROVOCATEURS, nothing more.

They could be MUSLIMS looking to create a bigger boogey man than they are...though that's a tough one to swallow.

The only ones WORSE than the MUSLIMS are the BUILDERBURGERS et al.

Go to youtube and watch "The Obama Deception". Recommended.

Posted by: dumpbama | April 2, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey Republitards! Want to shoot at a liberal? Come to my house!!!!! :)

I promise I'm unarmed.

Posted by: richardesque1 | April 2, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I was at Sarah Palin speach with the tea party movement. Sieu members showed up and there was name calling and lsts of eggs being thrown at the buses when people were in them. The union was trying to creat violence but the tea baggers would not bite.

Posted by: farmsnorton | April 2, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

The political provocateurs who mixed in with the T Party to (reportedly) scream and (possibly,, no video) spit upon passing Deem-n-rats met the Media's contrived archetype for the Angry White Man perfectly and were broadly reported by the Media in order to tar and diminish the T's as a growing political force.

Real T's don't have to call vile names. The Deem-n-rats ALREADY KNOW how low-down they are.

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Posted by: dumpbama | April 2, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the Republicans are loosing control of the very monsters of hate that they created. Beck, Limbaugh, Palin, etc., should be doing everything they can to calm down these nutters before real violence begins.

Posted by: GenuineRisk | April 2, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

@ RUListening2Urself

maybe you should stop and follow what your moniker says before you spew some more garbage..

Posted by: ja2be | April 2, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Ugh more Right Wing extremists. Now they are turning on each other. Make them stop.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | April 2, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Ronald Reagan would be so proud. Remember, "Government isn't the solution, Government is the problem." Well, I guess the Guardians of the Free Republics want to solve the problem.

Posted by: thebobbob | April 2, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Sad but predictable given the anti-government hatemongering and fearmongering by Republicans, Faux news, and rightwing radio that has stirred up these extremist groups!
Hannity calls a Teabagger crowd "Timothy McVeigh wannabees" - and they all APPLAUD!

Teabaggers, militias, oathers, Birchers, preppers, birthers -- you get em all when you vote Republican.
No thanks!

Posted by: angie12106 | April 2, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow Right Wingers are scary.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | April 2, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Wow Right Wingers are scary.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | April 2, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Most of the posters on here let someone else do their thinking for them. Why would Republicans write letters to Republican governors demanding they step down? They would not. This is some lefty who is upset that the governors want to test the constitutionality of the Obamascam bill. Usually the FBI finds these people.

Posted by: annnort | April 2, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Wow. All of you...right and left supporting...should stop for a moment and look over all of these posts, remember this is Good Friday (if it means anything to you anymore), and think about what happened 2000 years to an innocent person at the hands of an angry, unreasonable mob. All of you who are SO SURE you are ALWAYS RIGHT and use this kind of language against other humans should be ashamed. Just because you don't agree with them doesn't make them any less human. If you have children or parents, think about what they would think of you if they read your post...seriously.

Posted by: patriotleft | April 2, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

My God you Right Wingers will stop at nothing to destroy America. Although it's hard to feel sorry for GOP leadership since they fueled the screaming and anti-patriotism that is now consuming them.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | April 2, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

"Imagine if someone on the right engaged in an organized, active bombing campaign like Ayers and his crew".

The FBI dropped the charges against Ayers, and he turned himself in. Therefore, he's free to be a college professor or other law-abiding occupation. Or does the rule of law mean nothing to you?

Posted by: hitpoints | April 2, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Yet another Right Wing anti-gov't militia. Yuck. I pray to God that Homeland Security cracks down on these Reich Wing lunatics.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | April 2, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

seraphina2:
The Virginia governor is an extremist, right wing, bordering on theocrat. Please review the facts before commenting.

Posted by: cougartonyusa | April 2, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I am not a fan of Gov McDonnell by a long shot but I deplore these threats of violence to elected officials. How else but through violence can a group get him to leave office since he just started his turn.

I fear the GOP and right-wing talk radio spewers like Rush and Beck are unleashing a demon in our country. And it is a demon that they can't control and will be very hard to put back into the bottle. It is almost like they know the consequences of their actions but can't help to fuel the fire by tights of reloading, fir9ing squads and killing.

I know right-wingers are reluctant to learn from history but they should look back at when liberalism fell out of favor in the 60s and 70s. The left turned to violence and in the process turned the majority of the country to the right and conservative candidates. I believe that this recent spat of nasty, racist, violent and disturb behavior from the Tea Party, Sarah Palin and nutcase Christian Militias on the far right right will be just as off-putting to the majority of Americans as the SLA, Black Panthers and the Weather Underground was four decades earlier.

Posted by: dre7861 | April 2, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

LarkinGMead wrote: "This nation is divided and it is this division that spurns the hate that arises from these extremist groups. Remember; 'A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand' and these anarchists know this. President Obama and his ilk are polarizing and divisive."

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The contemporary "classic": rightly lamenting the dangers of increasingly partisan rhetoric, and then referring to the other side as "ilk." Hint: accusing the other guy of being slime will not, in fact, bring reconciliation.

Posted by: Akger117 | April 2, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

"Investigators do not see threats of violence in the group's message, but fear the broad call for removal of top state officials could lead others to act out violently."

the WashPost says the letters are threatening, the actual investigators say the letters are not threatening. funny.

Posted by: millionea7 | April 2, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

"That would be right wing Christian terrorist Timothy McVeigh, the hero of the teabaggers."

I disagree. McVeigh's behavior was isolated, assisted by only a few and not based around a formal, planned strategy. Ayers and the Weather group, on the other hand, pursued a focused, organize and planned spree of violence.

"and what I mean by that is, Civil War II. Please let's think about this before it's too late." Yes, secession is a possibility. The question of violence will come from whether or not the prevailing power structure will utilize armed violence to keep people behaving in a certain way.

Posted by: MrNationalist | April 2, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

"The question of violence will come from whether or not the prevailing power structure will utilize armed violence to keep people behaving in a certain way."

then it's a foregone conclusion.

Posted by: millionea7 | April 2, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Van Jones is a Truther, Extremist, Anarchist, etc. however Obama still hired him as an adviser to the president.

Posted by: fury60 | April 2, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

to "defend" the righteousness of right or left, given the severity of the situation, seems to put the violence on the back burner. We all appear to have a problem here and I hope we will all direct our efforts towards the defusing of the potential for violence and not defend the so called "validity" of any parties claims, as they pertain to this issue. At best, it appears that the continuation of this back and forth offers nothing, and at its worst just throws fuel on the fire. If one's intention is to add fuel to the fire then I'd say that person condones and supports violence.

Posted by: hoser3 | April 2, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama is divisive? the republicans practically took out a full page ad to announce that they would oppose health reform (even though it was essentially an old republican proposal) just to defeat Obama.

and which party is sucking up to the tea party types with their goofy rhetoric about sacred constitutional obligations to remove treasonous politicians who violate their oath of office by any means necessary in the spirit of the revolution?

Posted by: JoeT1 | April 2, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

@ja2be, who vomited:

"@ RUListening2Urself

maybe you should stop and follow what your moniker says before you spew some more garbage.."
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- Okay, prove me wrong on any one point I said. Just because you don't agree doesn't make it wrong, take a stand, make a counterpoint.
- 1) If you believe for one second the media isn't manipulating you, whether its the WaPo, NY Times, Fox, whatever, then you're a lemming. Balance your views with international news organizations, you'll be surprised what you learn.
- 2) Look at the statistics before believing that all of a sudden people are making more threats to politicians.
- 3) Health care. If you believe it was "passed by a majority of Americans" you are seriously deluded. It was the most hotly contested bill in our history and was very narrowly passed by the wealthy few via coercion, false promises and backroom dealings - Americans didn't vote on it.
- 4) Prove I'm wrong...

Posted by: RUListening2Urself | April 2, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Sure, there's a lot of pissed off people out there, but its only a very poorly advised few that are actually making threats when they should carry their anger to the voting booth.

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Please reference November 2008.

Posted by: dougharty | April 2, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

How can the letter incite someone to violence if no one is allowed to read it?

I guess now Google will be pulling out of America because the government censors access to content that could incite civil disorder. That's why they pulled out of China last month.

Print the letter Washington Post! Let readers decide if it incites violence.

Posted by: blasmaic | April 2, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

These guys aren't violent. The "threatening letters" were notices of legal action.

Posted by: MrTracker | April 2, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Not until five paragraphs in do we read "McDonnell was one of many governors across the nation who received a letter". Yes, like the NY Times reported, one out of all 50 in fact ("Governors Receive Threats From Extremist Group", http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/03/us/03threat.html). It is mistaken and misleading to give a first impression that Gov. McDonnell was in some way singled out. As usual with the ComPost, if you want the straight story see what the Times says.

Posted by: hairguy01 | April 2, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Wait until they release the text of the message -- everyone is reacting to the innuendos that the letters were direct, deadly threats. Evidently the notes are the product of a radio jock trying to increase ratings and the "implied" danger of the language may be a big stretch from a Salman Rushdie contract by a religious leader.

Posted by: tommariner | April 2, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I believe the letters to all the Governor's from Mr kennedy should be sent out. This man is 100% right about how this country has come to be run, our agencies are corrupt our goverment is corrupt. Bill's are passed because one senator owes another a favor. We all need to wake up the only thing that hasn't changed is the middle class families and the small business continue to get screwed. I believe all goverment seats from the President,Senate Congress and all the rest should only be allowed a 2 year term that only gives them enough time to screw up and enough that maybe the next honest person can fix it

Posted by: bestsale3 | April 2, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

These are the right Wing Republican hate groups ... Fox News & Limbaugh should be declared Terrorist Organizations for agitating these nuts. Palin and the Tea parties and lately John McCain all add to the hate in this country. Isn't there any intelligent Republicans left ? <<< Wasn't that a joke, an intelligent Republican {laffs} .. as rare as the 3-eyed Squirrel.

Posted by: wasaUFO | April 2, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

The tea baggers are encouraging each other to come to their D.C. rally on the 15th armed, locked and loaded. Think I'll throw a firecracker into the crowd and watch them all shoot each other!

Posted by: blarsen1 | April 2, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Why am I getting the feeling that the "Guardians" are 1 guy, a fax machine, and a vastly inflated sense of his self-importance...kinda like Bill Donohue.

Posted by: washpost18 | April 2, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Oh, the irony of them threatening McDonnell. Who's Kook-inelli going to sue this time???

Posted by: solsticebelle | April 2, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Protect America: report all Tea Party sympathizers to the FBI !

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | April 2, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

If this group thinks that they can do some affect by sending leters and asking governors to resign, they better go back to their holes. It wouldn't even scare volunteers for election campaign. I even think that Sarah Palin could have more affect on some governor to resign than these morrons like this.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | April 2, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Republicans need to remember that his monster killed Dr. Frankenstein.

Posted by: BBear1 | April 2, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to point out the fundamental whackyness of these letters.

Say all 50 of the governors did "step down". Well what happens then is that someone else in the state governments takes their place. Usually it's someone who was part of the electoral process that got the original governor elected. So this accomplishes nothing.

I'll go on to say that the federal legislative branches aren't going to put up with states that have no state government.

If these guys really want to live in some state of anarchistic "common law" they ought to learn Pashtun and move to Afghanistan.

Posted by: Nymous | April 2, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

These people are totally HARMLESS. Just all mouth. If they were REALLY going to do something like this nobody would hear about it until after it was accomplished. The REAL danger is how the government will use these impotent threats to invade the privacy of law abidng cigizen and usurp even more of the law-abiding citizens rights under the guise of"domestic terrorism".

Posted by: PercyKution | April 2, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Why am I getting the feeling that the "Guardians" are 1 guy, a fax machine, and a vastly inflated sense of his self-importance...kinda like Bill Donohue.

Posted by: washpost18

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The letter came from a Radio Host at a Station in Texas that broadcasts this and other Fox News type of hate 24/7.

It has a large slate of Hate Hosts and it has a large base of listeners.

As I wrote the other day, the Hutaree militia is not operating in a vacuum. There will be more threats, plots and arrests.

Posted by: colonelpanic | April 2, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

McConnell and his attorney general are extreme religious wingnuts, but they are being threatened by people even further to the right.

The teabaggers and the rest are neo fascists, and the crazies are looking to purify their right wing ideology with a Night of The Long Knives.

The GOP is riding the tiger, and Beck and Limbaugh are leading an insane coalition of religious nuts and meth head tweakers.

Posted by: BurfordHolly | April 2, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

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