Who Has Been Sending Cryptic Threats To Hill GOPers Over The Debt Ceiling?
BuzzFeed tips us off to the hottest game this week on Capitol Hill: guessing the identity of someone who is obviously an insider (or legislator) who has access to lawmakers’ “secret” e-mail addresses.
A group of House Republicans has received a mysterious threat in recent weeks: an anonymous email that promises political retribution for those who vote yes to a debt-limit increase — sent to their closely guarded personal email addresses.
Because of the near-secret nature of lawmakers’ internal email addresses, the emails have raised more than a few eyebrows — and the possibility that one of their own was behind, or at least assisting in the attacks.
The emails, circulated to lawmakers at the end of January and during their closed door retreat earlier this month, came as Republicans struggled to come up with a plan to extend the nation’s debt limit. Leadership threw in the towel Tuesday, opting to move a bill that simply raises the debt ceiling without other conditions. The bill passed Tuesday, with nearly every House Democrat and 28 Republicans voting for it.
“It’s got to be another member. Probably one of the crazy ones,” said a Republican who had seen the email, which was sent from an anonymous email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
So who sent it? Name your best guess in comments.