An employee of Tucson, Arizona’s school district was arrested after the FBI traced three voicemails threatening Rep. Martha McSally to his phone number.
According to a Tuesday article from The Washington Post, Steve Martan left “expletive-filled” death threats on the Republican politician’s office line on May 2 and 10. During the second voicemail, Martan allegedly warned he would “pull the trigger” when she returned to Arizona and “shoot her between the eyes.”
The suspect later “told McSally her ‘days are numbered'” in the third recording. Federal law enforcement officials tracked down Martan after this third message, and he revealed his motive, according to the criminal complaint: “Martan told authorities he called the congresswoman’s office because ‘he was venting frustrations with congressional votes in support of the President of the United States.'”
The Post‘s report pointed out that Rep. McSally represents “Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District, where Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat, was shot in the head in an assassination attempt in 2011. Six people were killed and 13 others wounded.” She began her second term in January 2017.
McSally isn’t the first Republican representative to be threatened in recent days. A woman allegedly tried to run Tennessee Congressman David Kustoff off the road after a town hall event at the University of Tennessee at Martin on May 8, 2017.
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