FBI Arrests Man Over Threats to Cantor, Family

Caller left two voicemails
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 3, 2011 5:41 PM CDT
FBI Arrests Man Over Threats to Cantor, Family
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The FBI says a Tennessee man has been charged with threatening the family of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Agents arrested 62-year-old Glendon Swift of Lenoir City yesterday. He is accused of leaving two voicemail messages at Cantor's office in suburban Richmond, Va., on the evening of Oct. 27. In the profanity-laced messages, the caller uses an anti-Semitic slur, vows to destroy Cantor, and makes specific threats against his daughter and wife.

Swift made a preliminary appearance before US Magistrate Judge C. Clifford Shirley Jr. in Knoxville today. Cantor spokeswoman Laena Fallon said the six-term Republican congressman had no comment on the threats. Swift faces a maximum of 10 years in prison if convicted. (More Eric Cantor stories.)

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