Florida GOP lawmaker received death threat on social media, office says

Florida GOP lawmaker received death threat on social media, office says
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Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloProgressive Latino group launches first incumbent protection campaign The Memo: Bad polls for Trump shake GOP Anxious GOP treads carefully with Trump defense MORE's office said Thursday that it was made aware of a death threat directed at the Florida Republican over social media earlier this week.

"Capitol Police was immediately notified and quickly identified the individual responsible," Curbelo's office said in a statement.

The lawmaker's office did not provide any other details about the reported threat.

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Curbelo's home and office in Florida are being monitored by officers from the Miami-Dade Police Department after the threat, the congressman's office said. 

"The Congressman and his family would like to thank U.S. Capitol Police and the Miami-Dade Police Department for their swift work to address the situation," his office added.

The report comes amid heightened tensions this week in the wake of suspected explosives being sent to several prominent Democratic figures.

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The mailed packages, which are being examined by the FBI, have ratcheted up concerns about potential attacks targeting political figures.

Politicians have remained on edge after last year's shooting at a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., that left Rep. Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseBottom Line Trump allies assail impeachment on process while House Democrats promise open hearings soon Sunday shows - Next impeachment phase dominates MORE (R-La.) severely wounded.

Last month, authorities arrested a man in California who allegedly tried to stab a Republican congressman with a switchblade.

And Rep. Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerIntercollegiate athletics just got a two-minute warning North Carolina ruling could cost GOP House seats NCAA begins process to allow college athletes to be compensated MORE's (R-N.C.) office also reported a "threatening" Twitter message to police earlier this month that included a bomb emoji.