An Arizona lawmaker closed one of his district offices on Thursday after finding a window shattered and a bullet inside.
Rep. Raúl Grijalva’s (D-Ariz.) office said he shuttered his Yuma, Ariz., office this morning as authorities investigate the incident.
“A shattered window and bullet inside the office were found earlier today. Police are investigating the incident and have not released details about a potential motive,” Grijalva’s office said in a statement. “Rep. Grijalva intends to open the office again as soon as possible.”
While threats of violence against lawmakers spiked in the immediate aftermath of the healthcare reform
battle in Congress, it had receded after that. Grijalva, the co-chairman of the
Congressional Progressive Caucus, has remained an active presence on
legislation before Congress, from immigration to Wall Street reform to the congressman’s
pet Right-to-Rent bill.
Among the threats other lawmakers faced was a bullet that had struck House Minority Whip Eric Cantor’s (R) campaign office in Virginia. Authorities later determined that the bullet in that instance was “randomly fired.”
Update, 3:55 p.m.: Grijalva coincidentally spoke about the risks of his job in relation to the immigration debate earlier on Thursday on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal":
You know, on a personal level, it's been a pain. It takes over your life in many ways. On a political level, it's a risk. I think the smart thing is for -- the smart thing, I'm told, is to stay out of this issue. The smart thing is to just talk about enforcement, and rail against the gods because there is no enforcement. But for me, the right thing to do, given what I think are the implications of the law in Arizona on a national level, was to take it up, period. What 1070 did to the debate -- it's always been an underpinning. Race, racial politics have always been the underpinning of the immigration debate. But there was a gentleman's agreement that that wasn't the forefront of the debate. But it was there. What 1070 did was put that issue front and center in the debate. So for many of us there was no choice there. This became a much broader issue. You know, you could be a Latino in Arizona, 10, 15 generations, your family's been there, you're a citizen, have been there 15 generations, but suddenly with 1070 you became a suspect. And I think that was an affront to many, many people.
Watch the video below: