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Man charged in threat left on lawmaker's phone

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Kerr received message related to gun-control legislation

By Ramsey Scott

A man has been arrested and charged after a threatening voice message was left for state Sen. Andy Kerr, D-South Jeffco.

David Cassidy has been charged in connection with a voice message left on Kerr’s cell phone March 4 saying he and the rest of the Democrats working on gun-control legislation would regret their action, and, “either by ballots or by bullets, we’re going to get you out of office.”

Kerr said he reported the message to the Colorado State Patrol.

“The thing that bothers me the most is this indication I can’t do my job representing people if somebody is threatening violence over how I vote. I’m certainly concerned for the safety of my family and myself,” Kerr said. “The 150,000 people I represent can’t be represented the way they deserve if every time I take a vote, in the back of my mind, I’m thinking, ‘Is this going to put my family and myself in danger?’ “

Cassidy reportedly called Kerr on March 10 and left a message saying he wasn’t threatening Kerr but wanted to make sure he voted against any gun-control measures being worked on in the state Senate.  

Kerr said the larger issue is to ensure that such threats are never considered acceptable, adding that they impede the free exchange of ideas the country was founded on. 

“We need to make sure people don’t think this is OK,” Kerr said. “It’s so important that we don’t give in to someone with a radical agenda or radical actions like this.”

Cassidy is being charged with attempting to influence a public servant, which is a felony, along with harassment, a misdemeanor, according to a news release from the Denver district attorney’s office. 

According to the police report, Cassidy admitted to calling Kerr but said he wasn’t threatening his life. 

While the incident is troubling, Kerr said, it has steeled his resolve when it comes to his work on gun-control legislation.

Kerr is the second state legislator to receive threats due to gun-control legislation. State Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-District 42, received threatening e-mails and voice messages in February for her support of firearms restrictions.

 

Contact Ramsey Scott at ramsey@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 22, and follow him on Twitter @RamseyColumbine.