Upstate New York Rep. Tom Reed (R) told police and later the public on Friday that his family was threatened at their home in the lead up to the election on Nov. 3.
“Today, my family and I were threatened at our home in Corning,” Reed said in a statement. “The cowards used a dead animal and a brick with a family member’s name on it to try to intimidate us.”
The Corning City Police said they are working with state police and federal authorities to investigate the incident. Earlier this year, a brick was thrown through the window of Reed’s office, WETM reported.
Reed opponent blames him for “escalation of hostility”
Reed is the representative for New York’s 23rd Congressional District, which comprises a large southwestern portion of the state north of the Pennsylvania border.
“We assure everyone such threats only energize us to stand stronger,” Reed said in a statement. “We thank the local police and federal authorities, who are already investigating this disgusting attack against my family. Across the country, politics has taken a disturbing turn. We have to overcome this. I know that we can. We are all Americans first. What unites us is far greater than our political differences.”
The congressman is running for reelection against Democrat Tracy Mitrano after Mitrano lost to Reed in 2018 by eight points. The district went for Trump by 15 points in 2016.
Although Mitrano said she “condemned” the act, she also indicated that Reed was somehow in part to blame for the horrible threat because his attack ads and “inflammatory” language against Mitrano created an “escalation of hostility,” WIVB reported.
Left makes excuses
Mitrano’s comments follow a pattern from the left which continues to blame Republicans for attacks that those on their side ostensibly perpetrate.
“Politics is about persuasion, not intimidation,” Mitrano said. “I condemn this kind of action and hope the authorities swiftly bring the perpetrator(s) to justice. But I also call on Tom Reed to take down his attack ads and behave in a manner suitable for a member of Congress as Election Day approaches.”
Democrats won’t condemn BLM and antifa riots around the country, even though Democrats created the rhetoric around police that led to those riots.
The left has even encouraged protests to continue. Even the Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said that protests are “essential for change” and praised Black Lives Matter.
Blaming your opponent for getting threatened at his home isn’t a good look. Mitrano is probably going to lose to Reed again this election, and blaming Reed for an attack against him is likely at least part of the reason.