Sadly for Kelley Paul, her open letter to Senator Cory “Spartacus” Booker(D-NJ) will fall on deaf ears.
In an open letter published on CNN, Kelley Paul, the wife of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) called on Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) to retract a statement in which he encouraged activists to “get up in the face of some congresspeople.”
In the letter, Mrs. Paul explained that her local sheriffs in Kentucky do extra patrols around her home due to their home address and her husband’s phone number being leaked on the internet. Mrs. Paul described this as “a broader effort to intimidate and threaten Republican members of Congress and their families.”
“I now keep a loaded gun by my bed,” Mrs. Paul wrote. “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.”
Mrs. Paul recalled the shooting at the congressional baseball practice where Sen. Paul hid behind a tree and when he was attacked last November by a man in their yard who broke six of Sen. Paul’s ribs and left him with lung damage and multiple bouts of pneumonia.
“Kentucky’s secretary of state, Alison Lundergan Grimes, recently joked about itin a speech,” Mrs. Paul added. “MSNBC commentator Kasie Hunt laughingly said on airthat Rand’s assault was one of her ‘favorite stories.’ Cher, Bette Midler, and others have lauded his attacker on Twitter. I hope that these women never have to watch someone they love struggle to move or even breathe for months on end.”
Mrs. Paul concluded her letter pointing out that her husband and Booker have co-sponsored legislation on criminal justice reform. “He respects you, and so do I,” she wrote. “I would call on you to retract your statement. I would call on you to condemn violence, the leaking of elected officials’ personal address (our address was leaked from a Senate directory given only to senators), and the intimidation and threats that are being hurled at them and their families.”
On Thursday, U.S. Capitol Police arrested Jackson Cosko, who was recently an intern with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s office for allegedly releasing personal information about Republican senators during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh.