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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 CurbeloFormer GOP lawmaker: Republican Party 'engulfed in lies and fear' House GOP lawmaker unexpectedly shakes up Senate trial The Memo: Historic vote leaves Trump more isolated than ever 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.

Authorities intercepted explosives addressed to former President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi says Capitol riot was one of the most difficult moments of her career Hillary Clinton calls for women to 'repair' COVID-19's 'damage' on women's rights Hillary Clinton says she hopes GOP will 'find its soul' MORE, former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanOvernight Defense: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels Republicans blast Pentagon policy nominee over tweets, Iran nuclear deal Online and frighteningly real: 'A Taste of Armageddon' MORE, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCNN: Bidens' dogs removed from the White House Federal judge rules 'QAnon shaman' too dangerous to be released from jail Pelosi says Capitol riot was one of the most difficult moments of her career MORE, Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersProgressives grumble but won't sink relief bill over fewer stimulus checks Lawmakers, Martin Luther King III discuss federal responses to systematic racism The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Ahead: One-shot vax, easing restrictions, fiscal help MORE (D-Calif.) and former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderCongress in lockdown: Will we just 'get used to it'? Biden meekly gives Saudi crown prince 'one free murder' pass on Khashoggi LIVE COVERAGE: Senate set to consider Garland for AG MORE.

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 ScaliseRepublicans call for investigation into impact of school closures on children with disabilities Biden's COVID, border policies prove he's serious about neither Republican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPAC 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 WalkerNorth Carolina GOP condemns Burr for impeachment vote against Trump Madison Cawthorn throws support behind Mark Walker in NC Senate primary Democrat Jeff Jackson jumps into North Carolina Senate race MORE's (R-N.C.) office also reported a "threatening" Twitter message to police earlier this month that included a bomb emoji.