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February 8, 2016

Sean Duffy Assaulted (Updated)

Sean Duffy

Duffy gave a television interview on the government shutdown in the Capitol Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A minor altercation occurred Wednesday night involving Rep. Sean P. Duffy, R-Wis., according to Capitol Hill sources.

Duffy’s office is confirming that “a minor incident happened last night as the congressman was walking to the Capitol for final votes.”

The final vote series occurred shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday.

“A random individual, unknown to the congressman, began screaming at him and grabbed his arm,” said spokeswoman Cassie Smedile in a Thursday morning statement. “Mr. Duffy was unharmed. He reported the incident in compliance with House security procedures. Congressman Duffy has requested no further action be taken and there will be no further comment on the matter at this time.”

The confrontation may have stemmed from frustration over the federal government shutdown, according to sources.

Capitol Police are investigating a report of an assault on a member of Congress in the Longworth House Office Building, according to Kimberly Schneider, a public information officer for the department.

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  • hippie1367

    Hopefully he was beaten to death – and it wouldn’t contribute to murder rates in the district because there would be no humans involved.

    • Lawrence Passmore

      hippie your a idiot.but what do you expect from a hippy,commie wenier washer

      • hippie1367

        At least I am literate enough to spell Weiner you home-schooled fascist.

        • Just Saying

          You are such an instigator. It really takes away from anything you are trying to say. Besides, every other Flower child/ Hippie I have ever met had kindness and love at their core. You seem to have a lot of anger at the opposing side. And, well, not for nothing but a flower in a soldier guns made more of impact than any sit in on a college campus where people called cops pigs. I can tell you have a lot to say but you help no one with the way you say it. Change the game, don’t let the game change you.

          • hippie1367

            Tell that to the dead students at Kent State!

          • Just Saying

            which you were not there for, of which you were not a part, and of whom you dishonor with your negative rants. You strive to make others feel bad and seem humored when people buck your tactics. You move no agenda forward and I really wish we weren’t even remotely on the same side because all you do is provide points of discord for the opposition to shut down from listening. So, I guess from one liberal leaner to another- please speak for progress or shut it because you are hurting the cause.

          • hippie1367

            Why, because being even more passive will suddenly make right wing filth reasonable? Abuse and humiliation are all they understand.

          • Just Saying

            Or maybe all you understand, and for whoever did that to you, I am sorry. But, smiles are contagious, and I believe if you are calm, don’t take things personally, and truly care then cooler heads and honest ideas will always prevail.

            I never said you couldn’t carry a big stick, just speak a little softer ;)

      • hippie1367

        By the way, name a time the hippies were wrong!

        • xian

          when they said voting isn’t important

        • octagon999

          Every time they opened their mouth.

          • hippie1367

            No, you are thinking FOX who still believes the Klan is the predominant political org in the South.

        • JFP

          Dude … are you out of LSD? Is Norman Lear not returning your fan mail? It sounds like you need to “Baker Act” yourself.

        • rumcrook™

          Every day of your life

          • hippie1367

            Aww can’t think of one huh? Here is an easy one – name a time a Paul Ryan budget contained numbers

        • JFP

          I see your threatening email against Rep. Duffy was deleted. “Hippie1367”, aka Matthew Merrill Cook, of 1320 East Jarvis Avenue, Hazel Park, MI 48030-1987. Born 1-3-1967 – you’re a hippie wannabe!! Loser!! How did you get a second mortgage ($92,500 – Quicken Loans) on that 63 year old crappy house, and a line of credit
          ($20,100 – National City Bank). You must have a lot of time on your hands to be posting hate all over the internet.

          • lordmerovingian

            OMG, how did you get all that info?

          • JFP

            Matthew spends a lot of time spewing hate on republicans. But he doesn’t cover his tracks well enough. He thinks he can remain anonymous but the Internet has lots of public records. I have more infomation on him. Maybe I can start a new hobby.

          • hippie1367

            Awww couldn’t argue and had to make threats

          • JFP

            Threats? What threats? You are the one that wished the good Congressman had been killed. I just posted publicly available information so you know that you are not anonymous.

          • hippie1367

            So you are a paranoid who pimps out private data to your NRA gun toting pals. – just another GOP coward

          • JFP

            Coward? You are the one that flagged my comment! Should I dish out more info?

          • hippie1367

            Nice to see your inability to hold a verbal exchange descends into malkin like threats so your gun toting racist pals can do the damage you are too cowardly to commit. If you’re so tough/infatuated come on over – I’m a spineless hippy who doesn’t believe in using guns – what are you so terrified of?

          • JFP

            How’s Patricia doing?

          • hippie1367

            I’ll ask your mom when she takes my balls out of her mouth.

          • JFP

            This is fun! How about your place of employment?

          • hippie1367

            Do you really want to be documenting criminal acts you want to commit on a govt hosted website?

          • JFP

            Criminal acts? Posting open source info is not criminal. I don’t scare that easily. Regardless, I am not on a government computer and am not posting to a government website. I tell you what. You apologize about that uncalled for comment about my mother and I won’t post your work contact information or send them screen shots of this and other strings you have posted on the web. Quite a hobby you have!

          • JFP

            I didn’t say to delete the message. I want to see a message with an apology from you.

          • hippie1367

            And if you are so brave post your own info, hypocrite….obviously the site took down your blatant attempt at intimidation down with reason.

          • sez-who

            Paranoid?? Crimeny hippie, listen to yourself. I’d expect all persons acquainted with you would wish to be armed at all times – you’re not just an ordinary nut, you’re a malicious, vicious, hate-filled nut.

          • JFP

            Hey, Are you that guy that just shot up the Capitol?

          • hippie1367

            Whats that? with the klan hood on we can’t understand you.

        • JeromeFJ

          1967-1988 … what do I win?!

    • Jim_n_Panama

      Don’t want to see anyone beaten to death, but it would be nice if he sustained some painless injury and could no longer speak

      • octagon999

        Another tolerant, holier than thou fascist leftist.

        • hippie1367

          Shouldn’t you be blowing a klansman?

          • Just Saying

            ok, that one was funny.

          • andycanuck

            Sen. Robert Byrd (D) is dead.


      keep up the good work snowflake

    • Boristbone

      What a hate-filled disgusting human being you are. You should think about getting back on your meds.

      • hippie1367

        At the end of the day I never lied to sick people about where they might get medical help.

        • Boristbone

          Even if that statement had a shred of truth to it, it wouldn’t forgive your Nazi-like support for violence and terrorism. I thought you freaks were peaceful. Just more hypocrisy from the Loony Left, I guess

          • Just Saying

            let’s not make denouncing violence a partisan thing. Its something I think all adults can agree on- there is no need to make your point with anything other than words.

          • hippie1367

            I treat racist filth like they treat the world – the fact you don’t makes you no better than the racist filth.

          • RobSiegmund

            Great… We need more intellectual giants like yourself deciding who’s guilty of thought-crime and taking appropriate action. How good of you. :|

        • Dustoff

          They still get help you fool.

    • 1TrueOne55

      Really, you’re just as bad as those that assaulted the Congressman.

      • hippie1367

        Sadly just not in the neighborhood to cheer them on.

        • Just Saying

          you wouldn’t be welcome in our neighborhood anyways

          • hippie1367

            Why not, I can by a rebel flag wife beater and some Jack Daniels – you’ll never even notice me.

  • Karen

    Liberals are unhinged.

    • cris levin

      right, shutting down government, shuttering near a million people’s life is “hinged”.

      I found your “objectivity” skewed out of this world. I guess its quite typical for a GOP-Qaeda.

      • sez-who

        I too am concerned about the shutdown. Please write your senators and urge them to accept and pass the House CRs. Please write the President, and urge him to accept the Congressional compromise to delay ACA funding. If only those democrats weren’t so recalcitrant, we wouldn’t be in this situation. Thank you for concern, fellow citizen.

      • Diggsc

        GOP-Qaeda. Yup, your lifetime membership in the “I think Republicans are a greater threat to America than al Qaeda ever was because…well….uh…George Bush….ahh….SHUT UP RACIST!” club is approved.

      • fishaddict

        Or those libtards like you with the IQ of a rock. Isn’t name calling fun and productive?

    • curiousdemo

      You don’t know why this congressman was attack. Quit spreading unsubstantiated information.

      • JeromeFJ

        “was attack”. Let me guess — liberal?

      • j Ray

        Obama’s vitriol is deliberate. Obama and the Democrats are trying to incite violence against Republicans. We make a mistake if we do not respond, because silence equals acceptance of the hatred. Look happened to the Jews in Hitler’s Germany.

        This attack is an example of “Brownshirt” behavior and will become more common.

        Whether the violence is intended to justify suspending the Constitution (a Reichstag event), or a Krystalnacht one remains to be seen.

      • fishaddict

        I do believe that in order to spread disinformation, one needs information to begin with. This article says, in effect, some guy was assaulted for some reason by someone else. Piss poor reporting but the SOP for media today shows that this probably was not a white person, male, middle aged, and of the right leaning side of the aisle. We know this because no race, gender, political position, or even what they were screaming was “reported”. We do know that even when the info is known it is kept hidden while the tea partier, white, male meme is circulated.

    • JeromeFJ

      Liberalism is a mental disorder … same-same.

  • Karen

    Never wish harm on your opponent. Never lift your hand in anger.

  • Steffen Schmidt

    “Heller, (2008), was a landmark case in which the Supreme Court of the United States held in a 5-4 decision that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home and within federal enclaves.”

  • cris levin


    he may be the husband whose wife is having a fair with Duffy.
    he may be the son of a vet whose got ripped off by Duffy’s company
    he may be ripped off by Duffy’s wife

    who knows what? Investigate to find out.

    • Nate Whilk

      None of those excuses assault.

  • lyris

    Instead of the arm the attacker should have gone after his head, Maybe that would knock some sense in his skull.

    • j Ray

      Isn’t this a terrorist threat against a member of Congress?

    • Dustoff

      Don’t ya just love these so called Peace loving libs.

      True colors are showing fool.

  • ChurchSox

    “The confrontation may have stemmed from frustration over the federal government shutdown, according to sources.”

    According to other sources, the assailant may have mistaken Mr. Duffy for the Prophet Elijah. Still other sources speculated that the assailant may have been a Vulcan in a state of pot pharr.

    Come on, Roll Call. This isn’t reporting. Do your jobs.

  • j Ray

    Democrats “R” Thugs

  • ElmerEvans

    Shocking that we haven’t seen this reported – A Republican assaulted – In the media.

    Just shocking.

  • rbeccah

    It had to be some poor schmoe who works in a “non-essential” job and who’s bought into Obama’s anti-Republican rhetoric. But this shut-down is not solely the fault of the Republicans. Obama himself caused it, and refuses even to negotiate.

    • cmb

      “Not solely the fault of the Republicans,” eh?

      Shortly after President Obama started his second term, a loose-knit coalition of conservative activists led by former Attorney General Edwin Meese III gathered in the capital to plot strategy. Their push to repeal Mr. Obama’s health care law was going nowhere, and they desperately needed a new plan.

      Out of that session, held one morning in a location the members insist on keeping secret, came a little-noticed “blueprint to defunding Obamacare,” signed by Mr. Meese and leaders of more than three dozen conservative groups.

      It articulated a take-no-prisoners legislative strategy that had long percolated in conservative circles: that Republicans could derail the health care overhaul if conservative lawmakers were willing to push fellow Republicans – including their cautious leaders – into cutting off financing for the entire federal government.

      PBO’s not negotiating with Norquist’s & Freedomwork’s minions because he takes his duty to protect Americans’ economic well-being (and access to health care) seriously.

  • Paul Burke

    Looks like to me that the republicans never have and still don’t care about jobs.

  • Dustoff

    Another O-dumber supporter strikes again.

  • Defend Liberty

    Expanding democratic processes can be achieved by increasing the number of persons eligible to vote, expanding the scope of issues determined by democratic methods, or both.

  • aquinas215

    The more centralized control, the more the forces of liberty that enabled prosperity in the first place are extinguished.

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