Just a little over a year after Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA) survived a left-wing terrorist attack, the FBI has arrested a man for threatening him and other Republican congressmen. The threats were allegedly called in through the telephone.
Rep. Steve Scalise, grievously wounded in a 2017 shooting, and the No. 4 House Republican leader have received telephone threats, aides said Thursday after a western New York man was arrested and accused of leaving menacing voicemails for two lawmakers.
U.S. Attorney James Kennedy said investigators believe the threats are credible. The prosecutor said items that are “very concerning” were found in Carlos Bayon’s Grand Island home, north of Buffalo.
The messages say in part: “You are taking ours. We are taking yours.” Kennedy did not elaborate on what evidence was found.
Bayon, 63, was arrested Wednesday and faces a federal charge of making threats across state lines. He is accused of leaving messages for representatives from Washington state and Louisiana on June 30, though authorities did not release the lawmakers’ names.
Scalise spokesman Chris Bond confirmed Thursday that Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican leader, received a threat. He said Scalise, 52, does not know Bayon or know why he was targeted.
Also targeted for threats was another member of the GOP leadership, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rogers (R-WA). It is clear that some on the left were looking to finish what it started on a baseball field last year.
It’s clear that some on the left are going to use violence in order to try and overturn the results of the election. Conservatives must remain on guard.
As for Scalise, he is widely expected to move up in the Republican leadership after this election. He is a possible candidate for speaker if Republicans hold the House after the midterms.