By Linda B. Blackford – email@example.com
A Philadelphia man who was indicted by a federal grand jury in Covington for sending a harassing e-mail to U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky is expected to plead not guilty Friday to the charge.
Bruce Shore, an unemployed sales representative, said he sent an angry e-mail to Bunning’s office in February after Bunning single-handedly blocked a vote to extend unemployment benefits for several days.
In the e-mail, which Shore provided to the Herald-Leader, he asked if Bunning was “insane” and told him that “no checks equal no food for me.”
“If this political grandstanding does not end today — we will come to your offices and make our point. You are playing a life and death game here. Do you get it.” he wrote in all capital letters. He signed the letter Brad Shore.
Shore said he was interviewed by the FBI about a month after he sent the e-mail. Federal marshals delivered the felony indictment on May 18. He is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Covington on Friday.
“I explained, I apologized, I thought that was the end of it,” Shore said in a phone interview this week.
Shore said he is not violent and had no violent feelings toward Bunning.
Bunning spokesman Mike Reynard said the Washington office received “several” threatening communications over the benefits issue. They were forwarded to the Capitol Police.
At the time, Bunning’s offices in Kentucky were deluged with calls and e-mails. News organizations reported that his office in Louisville had received a bomb threat.
Capitol Police Spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider confirmed that there is more than one open investigation related to Bunning, but she declined to comment further.
Shore’s court-appointed attorney, David Sloan, said he couldn’t comment on the indictment because he had little information about it. But he said he will probably try to find out how many other people were investigated on similar charges.
“That certainly seems relevant to me,” he said.
Earlier this week, Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer told Politico, a Washington-based publication, that threats against members of Congress were up 300 percent in the first few months of 2010.
The charge carries a possible prison sentence of two years and fines of up to $250,000.
Shore and a girlfriend were part of what became known as a “Bonnie and Clyde” team that pleaded guilty to 35 burglaries in suburban Philadelphia in the 1990s, according to online court records. Shore got out of prison in 1995. Shore, who is currently unemployed, was part of a group in a competition at the Fox School of Business at Temple University that won a $2,000 prize in 2004.
The Associated Press contributed to this article