Suspicious Letters Targeting Georgia GOP Candidate Also Sent To Two Atlanta News Stations

Matt Vespa
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Posted: Jun 16, 2017 4:10 PM
Suspicious Letters Targeting Georgia GOP Candidate Also Sent To Two Atlanta News Stations

Yesterday afternoon, five letters with vicious anti-GOP text were delivered to houses in the neighborhood of Karen Handel, the Republican running in Georgia’s special congressional election. Handel is facing Democrat Jon Ossoff in a race that’s become the most expensive congressional race in history. Next Tuesday, voters of this district will decide who will replace Tom Price, who resigned to become Donald Trump’s Health and Human Services secretary.

The letters contained a powdery substance, with explicit language hurled at Ms. Handel.

 “Your neighbor Karen Handel is a dirty fascist c**t but I’m sure you already knew that,” reads the first sentence of the note. “Take a whiff of the power and join her in the hospital you Bourgeoisie motherf**kers.” At the time, police were issuing warnings to locals not to grab their mail, as they were going door-to-door looking for any more suspicious letters. Local police said for those who have taken their mail inside their homes, haven’t opened them, and see ones without a return address to please dial 9-1-1. CNN reported that two Atlanta news stations also received letters. The FBI and the Postmaster General are investigating the matter:

Suspicious envelopes were sent to the homes of Georgia politician Karen Handel and her neighbors as well as two Atlanta-area news stations, law enforcement said.

Law enforcement responded to the suburban Atlanta neighborhood Thursday afternoon after a resident reported receiving an envelope, Roswell Police spokeswoman Lisa Holland said. The envelopes contained threatening letters and white powder.

Later Thursday, news stations WAGA Fox 5 and WXIA 11Alive received similar envelopes, the FBI said. An investigation is underway to see if they are related.

Handel herself also received these suspicious packages:

Republican Karen Handel said on Thursday law enforcement are investigating the delivery of threatening letters and a suspicious substance to her home in suburban Atlanta and those of some of her neighbors.

Just one day after the targeted shooting of Republican members of Congress rocked Washington and five days before voters in Georgia's sixth district go to the polls, local law enforcement were investigating possible attempts to intimidate Handel.