Kelley Paul, the wife of U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), called on U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) to condemn politically motivated violence and the privacy violations endured by some members of the Senate.
Booker who is discussed as a potential presidential candidate in 2020 encouraged activists at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness in July to “get up in the face of some congresspeople.”
In an open letter published at CNN, Mrs. Paul discussed the violence and threats the Paul family has faced over the last eighteen months and called on Booker to retract his comments:
It’s nine o’clock at night, and as I watch out the window, a sheriff’s car slowly drives past my home. I am grateful that they have offered to do extra patrols, as someone just posted our home address, and Rand’s cell number, on the internet — all part of a broader effort to intimidate and threaten Republican members of Congress and their families. I now keep a loaded gun by my bed. Our security systems have had to be expanded. I have never felt this way in my life.
In the last 18 months, our family has experienced violence and threats of violence at a horrifying level. I will never forget the morning of the shooting at the congressional baseball practice, the pure relief and gratitude that flooded me when I realized that Rand was okay
. Earlierthis week, Rand was besieged in the airport by activists “getting up in his face,” as you, Senator Booker, encouraged them to do a few months ago. Preventing someone from moving forward, thrusting your middle finger in their face, screaming vitriol — is this the way to express concern or enact change? Or does it only incite unstable people to violence, making them feel that assaulting a person is somehow politically justifiable?
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) also recently experienced protestors “getting up in his face” when he and his wife Heidi were driven from a DC area restaurant.