Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s South Florida Congressional office evacuated after delivery of suspicious package; other prominent officials get suspicious packages too

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

(Updated) Suspicious packages that could be explosives have been sent to several prominent officials Wednesday, from billionaire George Soros – a big donor to progressive causes – to Democrats Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

In Wasserman Schultz’s case, the suspicious package was originally sent to former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, but it had the wrong address, and Wasserman Schultz’s office in Sunrise was listed as the return address, according to CNN.

The Sunrise Police Department sent a Twitter message shortly after noon, reporting that, “There have been no reports of any other incidents of suspicious packages at any other venues within Sunrise.”

Other suspicious packages included the New York City offices of CNN.

Former First Lady Clinton was in South Florida Wednesday, speaking at a fundraising event in Coral Gables for Donna Shalala, who is running for Congress against Republican Maria Elvira Salazar.

“It is a troubling time, isn’t it?” Clinton said. “And it’s a time of deep divisions, and we have to do everything we can to bring our country together.”

Florida officials from both sides of the aisle condemned today’s events.

“No sane or well-intentioned person, no matter how partisan, would do this. It’s either the work of a demented person or terror aimed at further dividing America,” tweeted Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio.

Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo said in a statement that “targeted hate and violence has no place in our country and will not be tolerated.”

“This isn’t about politics, this is about national security and our number one concern is the safety of Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz and first responders called to these scenes. Unfortunately, we have seen some candidates for office us highly divisive and toxic rhetoric during this cycle. Today’s greatly disturbing events are a reminder that everyone needs to tone it down in the last two weeks and focus on the issues. That’s the type of campaign Floridians deserve.”

Later on Wednesday Wasserman Schultz released a statement, where she said that another district office in Aventura was also evacuted today.

“We will not be intimidated by this attempted act of violence,” she said. “This appalling attack on our democracy must be vigorously prosecuted, and I am deeply disturbed by the way my name was used. Today, my staff and I will hug each other and our loved ones tightly, and tomorrow get back to work serving the people I was elected to represent.”

Also in South Florida today are gubernatorial candidates Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis, who will be debating tonight in Broward County.

Officials with the Florida Press Association, who are sponsoring the debate, say they are prepared for any potential security threats.

 

 

 

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