Loeffler asks police to probe threatening letters sent to her campaign

U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) speaks during a news conference outside Fort Gordon, Ga., Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. Loeffler is a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee met with base leadership and receive a briefing on Fort Gordon's cybersecurity work. [Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP)

Credit: Michael Holahan

Credit: Michael Holahan

U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler has asked the Capitol Police to investigate several threatening letters she said were recently sent to her home and her Atlanta campaign office.

Loeffler said in a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday that she received “multiple threats against my life” over the last few days and she’s forwarded them to the Capitol Police and other authorities to review.

Her campaign shared one of the letters with the AJC. It included logos of the Atlanta Dream and the Black Lives Matter movement above a note warning she could “get a knife” if she doesn’t sell the WNBA team, which she has co-owned since 2011.

Loeffler has put her opposition to Black Lives Matter initiatives at the center of her campaign, and her stance has led to protests across the league and at one of her recent campaign events. She’s said repeatedly she has no plans to sell her stake in the franchise.

About the Senate special election

The November special election for U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s seat features 21 candidates on the same ballot with no party primary to filter out nominees.

If no one gets a majority of the vote – all but certain given the number of candidates - the two top finishers will square off in a January runoff.

Because of the dynamics, it means there’s likely to be one Republican and one Democrat in January matchup. U.S. Rep. Doug Collins is Loeffler’s most formidable GOP challenger, and polls show them in a close race. Raphael Warnock is the establishment-backed Democrat, though he faces competition from educator Matt Lieberman and former federal prosecutor Ed Tarver from his party’s base.

The race is separate from Georgia’s other U.S. Senate contest. Republican David Perdue, who is seeking a second term in office, faces Democrat Jon Ossoff and Libertarian Shane Hazel. That race, too could head to a runoff.

“No person, regardless of their political views, should be threatened for sharing their beliefs,” she said, “and I will continue fighting for free speech in America.”

A wealthy former financial executive, Loeffler was tapped by Gov. Brian Kemp in December to succeed retired U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson. She faces 20 challengers in a November special election that’s divided Georgia Republicans.

Here’s the back of the postcard she recently received:

A snapshot of a threat that U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler received. The envelope was post-marked from a North Texas address.

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