Kelley Paul, the wife of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., blasted Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. on Thursday for urging his supporters to “get up in the face of some congresspeople” instead of keeping quiet about issues they care about.
In an op-ed for CNN, Paul wrote that comments like Booker’s are dangerous, and noted that her husband was attacked on his lawn by a neighbor. She also wrote that she and her family have received numerous threats.
“It’s nine o’clock at night, and as I watch out the window, a sheriff’s car slowly drives past my home. I am grateful that they have offered to do extra patrols, as someone just posted our home address, and Rand’s cell number, on the internet — all part of a broader effort to intimidate and threaten Republican members of Congress and their families,” Paul wrote.
She notes that she now keeps a gun by her bed, and has extensive home security systems.
“In the last 18 months, our family has experienced violence and threats of violence at a horrifying level. I will never forget the morning of the shooting at the congressional baseball practice, the pure relief and gratitude that flooded me when I realized that Rand was okay.”
Paul wrote in a message to Booker, “I would call on you to retract your statement. I would call on you to condemn violence, the leaking of elected officials’ personal addresses (our address was leaked from a Senate directory given only to senators), and the intimidation and threats that are being hurled at them and their families.”
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