A Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives posted a threat he received that implied his children were in danger of being targeted as well.
'How many kids do you have'
Jay Webber is running for the House seat for New Jersey's 11th district. He posted the threat sent to him on his official social media account.
"You are NOT for the middle class," the note read. "Be honest."
"You are for the top 1% and above," it added. "Be honest."
"You think tax cuts for top 1% is ok to EXPLODE the debt by 1.5 TRILLION and add to annual deficit is ok??" the note continued.
“What the f*** is wrong with you... you scumbag?” the letter said further on. “You BETTER hope that you don’t win! Or else. How many kids do you have... 7? Unlucky 7.”
“This is what we think of you," it concluded. "Time to get out of politics!”
"Criticizing a candidate on the issues is part of politics," Webber said in the tweet. "Threatening my children is not."
Criticizing a candidate on the issues is part of politics. Threatening my children is not. We are thankful for the… https://t.co/7AYJniyVf8— Jay Webber (@Jay Webber) 1540398491.0
"We are thankful for the support of law enforcement as we work to find whoever is behind this gutless act," Webber added. "We will not be intimidated as we work to make #NJ11 better for everyone."
His campaign indicated that the note was sent with a campaign sign cut into pieces to Webber's place of business.
What did Webber's opponent say?
Webber's Democratic opponent strongly condemned the threat.
"This is absolutely appalling,” said Mikie Sherrill. “No one who decides to run for public office should feel that, by doing so, they are putting their family in danger."
"I condemn this in the strongest terms and hope law enforcement determines who was behind this and holds them accountable.”