FBI Investigating ‘White Powdery Substance’ Sent to GOP House Candidate Karen Handel and Neighbors

Police and the FBI are investigating suspicious packages sent to the home of Republican House candidate Karen Handel and several of her neighbors.

According to WSB in Atlanta, the authorities are going “mailbox to mailbox” after the discovery of a suspicious envelope with a “white powdery substance.”

Handel has been in the national spotlight for several months as part of a contentious and closely watched special election for a U.S. House seat against Democrat Jon Ossoff. She issued a statement addressing the packages sent to her home.

“This afternoon we had some suspicious packages delivered to our house and to our neighbors,” Handel said in the statement. “The packages contained threatening letters and a suspicious substance. The police were quickly notified and street is now being blocked off. We will continue to coordinate with law enforcement as necessary.”

The incident has understandably been of great concern to the Handel campaign, coming just one day after the shooting at a Republican Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, VA. The assailant, James T. Hodgkinson, reportedly asked whether Republicans are Democrats were on the field before he opened fire.

Lisa Holland of the Roswell, GA police department said that this is not the first issue that her department has had to respond to in this campaign.

“We take all these threats seriously. We’ve been having a lot of issues with political signs over the past months,” Holland said. “This has just been a situation over the campaign on both sides.”

Watch above, via WSB.

UPDATE 5:39 P.M. ET — Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff issued a statement about threats his campaign has received.

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