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Yesterday, a man I look up to and admire, a man who gave me my first break into politics, was threatened.  And not just him, but his family as well.

Via the Washington Post:

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana State Sen. Mike Delph has received an e-mail saying the man suspected of shooting U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords should have instead targeted someone like him. The Indiana Senate has asked state police to investigate.

The e-mail obtained by The Associated Press rails against a contentious immigration bill the Carmel Republican is pushing and refers to him and the country in derogatory terms. It is addressed to “Senator Racist Delph” and mentions Delph’s wife and five daughters by name

It takes a gutless person to threaten the life of another. It takes an idiot to send a threatening email that’s easily traceable.

The fact that evil exists in this world is undeniable.  The murderer’s bullets that nearly took the life of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, but took the lives of six others, seemingly for no apparent reason other than madness, is still fresh in our minds.  It was just a few weeks before that when a deranged man took a gun into a school board meeting and fired at the school board members.  Ultimately, the only person who died was the gunman.  Yet, I was still very much surprised  and angered to read the news.

I’ve known Mike Delph since I broke in as an intern in Congressman Dan Burton’s Indianapolis office in 2001 and he was the district director.  Mike’s loyalty to his state, his nation, his family and his beliefs are unparalleled.  That someone would threaten his life over the issue of his immigration bill is unconscionable.  But it is another startling reminder of the intensity of debate even here on the local level.

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