Oct 18, 2023 - Politics & Policy

House Republican says she received death threats after speaker vote

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) casts her vote as the House of Representatives holds its second round of voting for a new Speaker of the House at the U.S. Capitol on October 18, 2023 in Washington, DC.

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks casts her vote as the House of Representatives holds its second round of voting for a new Speaker of the House at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa) said Wednesday she received "credible death threats" and "a barrage of threatening calls" after withdrawing her support for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to be House speaker.

State of play: The lawmaker was one of four House Republican members to support Jordan in the first round of voting but to go against him in the second ballot.

Driving the news: Miller-Meeks said in a statement that after the vote that her "initial concerns about threatening tactics of Jim Jordan's supporters, including from members of Congress, increased despite assurances."

  • She said the threats came in after she voted for another candidate.
  • Her office notified authorities and is cooperating fully, Miller-Meeks said.
  • Jordan condemned the threats in an online post said it's "imperative" that Republicans come together. "Stop. It's abhorrent," he added.

What she's saying: "One thing I cannot stomach, or support is a bully," Miller-Meeks said.

  • "Someone who threatens another with bodily harm or tries to suppress differing opinions undermines opportunity for unity and regard for freedom of speech," she continued.
  • "I did not stand for bullies before I voted for Chairwoman Granger and when I voted for Speaker designee Jordan, and I will not bend to bullies now."

Zoom out: Threats against lawmakers have surged in recent years.

  • Researchers at Princeton University and the Anti-Defamation League announced last November they were building the first-ever national database that tracks incidents of threats and harassment against government officials in response to this.

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