Massachusetts state lawmaker threatened after calling for extended lockdown

Massachusetts state lawmaker threatened after calling for extended lockdown
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Police are investigating a threat sent to a Massachusetts lawmaker after he called on Gov. Charlie Baker (R) to extend the state’s coronavirus-related lockdown measures.

State Rep. Mike Connolly (D), who represents the Cambridge and Somerville areas, said a Facebook user suggested someone would approach him with a gun in response to his call for an extension. “I was taken aback,” Connolly told the Boston Globe. “It gave me the chills to be honest.”

Police confirmed to the Globe they were investigating threats. While they did not specify which posts the investigation involved, a comment posted on Connolly’s Facebook page included a picture of a gun and the text “You might want to rethink your letter,” according to the newspaper.

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Eleven other state representatives have signed Connolly’s letter, which calls on the state to fully meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization (WHO) thresholds before beginning the reopening process.

In the letter, Connolly noted that the WHO benchmark calls for reducing an area’s positive cases to 10 percent or lower before reopening, while Massachusetts is currently hovering around 12 percent.

“We’ve been stuck at 12 percent for several days and I don’t see any reason why we couldn’t follow the advice of the scientists and the epidemiologists to tell us we have to do more in terms of testing,” Connolly told a Boston-area Fox affiliate Saturday.

“This has been an unfortunate and sad situation. I am doing okay and plan to continue advocating for the health, safety, and wellbeing of all of our #CambMA and #Somerville constituents,” Connolly said in a tweet. “Thank you to everyone who has reached out to offer support.”