Editor’s Note: This story was updated with comment from Sherrill at 2:04 p.m.
Assemblyman Jay Webber’s campaign said the candidate received a letter threatening his children Wednesday.
“We are thankful for the immediate responsiveness and support of law enforcement in light of this threat. Vehement criticism of a candidate on issues of public concern is part of politics, but when anonymous individuals menace a candidate and his family, things have gotten out of hand,” Webber spokeswoman Ronica Cleary said. “The matter has been referred to the appropriate law enforcement agencies and is being investigated.”
The campaign said Webber received an anonymous letter that, after attacking Webber on a number of his policy stances, appeared to threaten his seven children.
“What the fuck is wrong with you… you scumbag? You BETTER hope that you don’t win! Or else. How many kids do you have… 7? Unluck 7. This is what we think of you,” the letter said. “Time to get out of politics.”
Webber’s opponent Mikie Sherrill roundly condemned the letter.
“This is absolutely appalling. No one who decides to run for public office should feel that, by doing so, they are putting their family in danger,” Sherrill said. “I condemn this in the strongest terms and hope law enforcement determines who was behind this and holds them accountable.”