House Minority Whip Eric Cantor just gave a brief speech accusing Democrats of using reports of recent threats of violence for political gain, and saying someone shot a bullet through the window of his campaign office this week.
"I've received threats since I assumed elected office, not only because of my positions, but because i am Jewish," Cantor said. "I've never blamed anyone in this body for that. Period. Any suggestion that a leader in this body that would incite threats or acts against other members is akin to saying that i would endanger myself, my wife or my children."
Cantor said a bullet was shot through the window of his Richmond, Va., campaign office this week, and that he's gotten threatening emails.
"I will not release them because I believe such actions will only encourage more to be sent," he said.
He said to do so -- as some Democratic lawmakers have done -- would be reckless.
"It is reckless to use these incidents as media vehicles for political gain," he said. He called out DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen and DNC Chair Tim Kaine by name as those who are "dangerously fanning the flames by suggesting that these incidents be used as a political weapon."
"To use such threats against members of congress is not a partisan issue," he said. "By ratcheting up the rhetoric some will only inflame these situations to dangerous levels."
Cantor's congressional office tells TPMDC the shooting happened sometime late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. It triggered an alarm, and the campaign filed a police report immediately. No one was harmed.
Michael Lowry, a spokesman for the Cantor campaign, told TPMDC that all inquiries about the shooting were being handled by Cantor's congressional office staff. He would not confirm any details about the incident, including whether or not there was a visible bullet hole.
A Richmond Police spokeswoman says the department is working on a statement about the incident to release to the press.