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 CurbeloRepublicans can't exploit the left's climate extremism without a better idea Progressive Latino group launches first incumbent protection campaign The Memo: Bad polls for Trump shake GOP 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 ClintonKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Clinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views on misinformation Des Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee MORE, former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanFederal prosecutor looking into Brennan's role in Russian interference findings: report FISA court's rebuke of the FBI: It broke or ignored the rules and our rights Where was American counterintelligence? MORE, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters George Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is Trump MORE, Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersGearing up for a chaotic year on K Street Maxine Waters: Republicans 'shielding' Trump 'going to be responsible for dragging us to war' Green says House shouldn't hold impeachment articles indefinitely MORE (D-Calif.) and former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderWisconsin governor rolls out proposal for redistricting committee End impeachment's government shutdown Parties to wage census battle with outside groups 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 ScaliseThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Cheney's decision not to run for Senate sparks Speaker chatter Trump welcomes LSU to the White House: 'Go Tigers' 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 WalkerRepublicans, Democrats offer support after John Lewis cancer diagnosis House GOP vows to use impeachment to cut into Democratic majority A solemn impeachment day on Capitol Hill MORE's (R-N.C.) office also reported a "threatening" Twitter message to police earlier this month that included a bomb emoji.