Lawmaker receives threatening e-mail

An Iowa lawmaker joins a long list of legislators who received threatening e-mails in the past few weeks.

One legislator from the Quad Cities spent Memorial Day worried about his safety after getting an e-mail the previous weekend. 

“You have information we need and because of this you’ve been assigned to be assassinated,” read one line of the email.

A shock to his inbox, Iowa State Senator Joe Seng couldn’t believe what he was reading.

“Ignore this message again and start making preparations for your funeral,” in another excerpt.

The threatening message was sent Saturday at about 7 p.m. to Seng’s senate email address.

It gave him 72 hours to release some information- the type not revealed- or else.

“If I called the cops, the FBI or State Police, it wouldn’t do any good because they were going to kill me anyway,” said Sen. Joe Seng, D-Davenport.

Seng is not the only one who’s received the threat, according to Senate Secretary, Mike Marshall.

So have other legislators, officials from the state’s executive branch and lawmakers in other states.

“I showed the email to a couple of people, they started laughing,” said Seng. “They said ‘Is this a joke?’ and I said I didn’t know.”

According to Marshall, the email is considered to be a scam but Seng takes the threats seriously.

While he didn’t cancel any appearances this holiday weekend, he’s still acting out of an abundance of caution.

“You remember what happened with Gabby Giffords,” he said. “If I’d be there, it might be a shotgun or he might have a semi-automatic machine gun, a bunch of people would get killed.”

An uneasy start to the summer campaign season, as the democrat from Davenport prepares to challenge Dave Loebsack for his congressional seat.

“You never know what is out there and what can happen.”

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen these types of emails.

Last October, the FBI investigated an online threat that offered a $75,000 reward for Rep. Bobby Schilling’s assassination.

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