Tucson man accused of threatening Rep. McSally

Published: May. 15, 2017 at 6:36 PM MST|Updated: May. 15, 2017 at 11:08 PM MST
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Congresswoman Martha McSally. (Source: Tucson News Now)
Congresswoman Martha McSally. (Source: Tucson News Now)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A Tucson man has been arrested after he allegedly threatened Rep. Martha McSally.

According to an interim complaint, Steve Martan made three threatening phone calls to McSally's office from May 2-10.

Martin was working as a campus monitor at Miles Exploratory Learning Center but the Tucson Unified School District said he is on leave.

Martan allegedly admitted he made the calls and said he was "venting frustrations with Congresswoman McSally's congressional votes in support of the President of the United States."

Portions of those messages, which contained explicit language, can be found below.

"If I could ring your (expletive) neck. You need to get back to where you came from and leave Arizona."

"Yeah Martha, our sights are set on you, right between your (expletive) eyes."

"Be careful when you come back to Tucson cause we hate you here, okay."

"Can't wait to (expletive) pull the trigger (expletive)."

"Your days are numbered."

The office of U.S. Rep. Martha McSally released the following statement from District Director CJ Karamargin in response to recent threats made against the Congresswoman:

"Our community should be deeply disturbed by these threats of violence. Threatening to shoot a member of Congress between the eyes and stating that her days are numbered is sickening. It is especially sickening here in southeastern Arizona because we know, perhaps better than any congressional district in the country, what happens when threats of violence become acts of violence. The January 2011 shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was followed by a national discussion about the importance of civility and respectfulness in our public debates. The vicious threats made against Congresswoman McSally are a sobering reminder of just how important that discussion continues to be. We can disagree about issues and policies. We should have robust debates about the future of our country. But threats of violence cross a clear line. These threats against Congresswoman McSally should be a wake-up call for us all. On behalf of Congresswoman McSally, our office would like to thank the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tucson for their swift response to these threats. They are true professionals and we all feel safer as a result of the steps they've taken."

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