Man charged with threatening Rep. Boccieri

A 40-year-old Tennessee man was charged Friday with threatening to burn down the home of Democratic Rep. John Boccieri (Ohio) during the midst of the healthcare debate. 

Federal prosecutors brought charges against James Schmidlin for allegedly threatening Boccieri with arson over the phone in early March, according to the Associated Press.

The AP reported that authorities allege Schmidlin made the threat around March 4, several weeks before Congress voted to pass the controversial legislation.

Boccieri was one of several lawmakers from both parties to receive threats from the public during the course of the debate. Several individuals have been charged or convicted of making the threats in recent weeks.

Several weeks after authorities allege the threat was made, Boccieri released a statement saying,  "Having flown missions in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan, I know what it’s like to be in harm’s way. But I never imagined serving in Congress could feel the same."

His office, however, did not reveal the nature of the threat. 

The freshman lawmaker, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a member of the Air Force Reserve, was one of a handful of House Democrats to switch their vote from no to yes on the healthcare legislation.

The AP reported that Schmidlin was arrested Thursday night and will be brought to federal court in Chattanooga, Tenn.