Tennessee Man Accused of Threatening Eric Cantor

Posted November 3, 2011 at 6:30pm

A Tennessee man has been charged with threatening House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and his family, according to a criminal complaint filed today.

The FBI arrested Glendon Swift, 62, of Lenoir City, Tenn., on Wednesday in connection with threatening voice mail messages left at the Virginia Republican’s suburban Richmond office in Glen Allen.

In two messages left on the office answering machine the night of Oct. 27, an unknown male called Cantor “Jew boy” and threatened violent acts against him, his wife and his daughter, according to the criminal complaint.

In the complaint, FBI Special Agent Nicholas Bultinck described Swift’s messages as “laden with the screaming and ranting of profanities.”

Officials tracked the incoming call to a wireless phone number subscribed to by Swift, who later admitted to FBI officials to making the calls, according to Bultinck. Swift said that he was just “cussing” and did not recall making threats, Bultinck added.

If convicted, Swift could face up to 10 years in prison, the Associated Press reported today.

Laena Fallon, a spokeswoman for Cantor, said the office does not comment on law enforcement matters.

Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said the FBI took the lead on the investigation with Capitol Police assistance.

Several other lawmakers have recently been threatened.

On Oct. 25, 47-year-old California resident Kevin Joseph O’Connell pleaded guilty to death threats he made in July against Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).

Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.) was told earlier in October to take precautions after receiving an email alert stating that an individual “will pay $75,000 for ASSASSINATING Illinois Congresswoman [sic] Bobby Schilling.”

Capitol Police were also looking into a similar threat against Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), Schneider confirmed at the time.