I Know Where You Live, RINO

Check out this strange little tale from BuzzFeed’s John Stanton:

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, unrepresentative1@gmx.com….

The bizarrely constructed email also contains a cryptic back-and-forth between “unrepresentative one” and a shadowy third party — exposethefrauds@aim.com — who demands “High discretion required on attached – no ID on this or source $. Your colleagues merit everything planned. No idea how you can stand it, but yes, you are exempt.”

Yikes. Trouble is, there’s a reasonably long list of House Republicans I can imagine sending this missive. And Lord only knows what the people who staff them might do.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.