This is a re-post from the health care debate days in March 2010, David Scott: Most Threatened Member of Congress? One of the most chilling interviews of my year.
IS REP. DAVID SCOTT MOST THREATENED MEMBER of the 111th CONGRESS? Sadly, Rep. David Scott of Georgia may be the most threatened member of Congress. But he has competition. Reps. Emanuel Cleaver and Bart Stupak are in the running as well. Back last summer, during the start of the tea party protests against health care, it was Rep. David Scott who found a swastika painted on a sign outside his office. Yesterday I spoke with him on the threats since his vote on health care. Rep. David Scott is from Georgia. He is not to be confused with Rep. Bobby Scott of Virginia.
Myself, Joyce Jones of Black Enterprise and Karen Miller of Urban Radio Networks interviewed Rep. David Scott yesterday. Our first question for him, incredible as I think about it, was, “have you received death threats?”
REP. DAVID SCOTT: “We have. It’s been a constant flow. There were threats thrown when myself, John Lewis and others were walking. The called us nigger and spit on us and all of that — it’s just shameful that this has happened. I have’nt seen anything like this since the civil rights days. I represent a surburban area of Georgia, part of my district is the old Newt Gingrich district
Have you received threats since Saturday since your vote on health care?
REP. DAVID SCOTT: Yeah, yeah in my office. I represent that suburban area of Georgia. A lot of my district is the old Newt Gingrich district. Bob Barr out there and Cobb and other — John Birchers — which is where they put the swastika on the sign this summer. And we received death threats then and mine were linked with Obama so they (inaudible). And so the Secret Service has got a pretty good tag on it — and the FBI and the U.S. Capitol Police. So we’re in pretty good shape. It’s a law enforcement issue and we have to be careful and we have to be mindful but, you know. When they ask me I let them know that I pray and I ask God everyday to keep his arms of protection around me and I trust in the Lord. the entire post is here