MHPC gets death threats over Kruger/Cheney story


The Maine Heritage Policy Center Friday received a series of threats by phone, as a result of our reporting on Rep. Chuck Kruger’s Twitter statements supporting the execution of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

The threats were made in three separate phone calls, and may be from the same caller, attempting to change his voice each time.

The caller acknowledges our report on Kruger, and concurs with the sentiment from Kruger’s twitter comments.

“A lot of people think Cheney is a war criminal and he should be executed, because he is a war criminal.”

The caller, after digressing into an angry series of profanities, becomes more aggressive.

“We are happy, happy, happy to go to it with you, just be aware, you started it, and we’ll be happy to finish it.”

“You might as well plaster a [expletive] target on everybody.”

In the subsequent calls, the threats are more explicit. The caller asks MHPC to consider if “I took all of your listeners out in public. See how you like it. See how you like being hunted down.

“There’s just as many nutjobs on the Left as there are on the Right, did you know that? You know the percentage of gun ownership in Maine is pretty [expletive] high.”

“I’m coming for you, I’m coming..”

The calls came after The Maine Wire’s story received national attention last week. Kruger has since apologized for his comments, and has reported that he has received threatening phone calls as well.

MHPC is working with law enforcement to determine the source of the threats.

Below is the raw audio from the calls. WARNING: The language in these calls is extremely profane.


  1. Was that Bill Maher? He was too direct and to the point to be Jay Carney and the accent isn’t right for James Carville. Wasserman-Schultz’s voice would be deeper. Oh well, let’s just let the police handle it.

  2. I think it was Cynthia Dill, using a mechanical voice disquiser! Except for the gun part, since comrade Dill wants to take our guns away from us.
    Could have been Margaret Craven, she’s mean like that…just sayin..

  3. The Progressive Left follows NO rules. Their agenda must always advance. Read “Waking the Sleeping Giant”.

  4. Wow. What the heck is wrong with people. I dealt with these same kind of loons when I was involved in Rumford politics. I think it is someone from Rumford. I was even told to do the community a favor and kill myself like my father did. Only the cops would have known that information.

  5. This creep should be arrested and made an example of.

    Progressives have a very dark underbelly of hatred, and this guy is a progressive in spades.

  6. Relax….the cops will be talking to this guy soon enough. 

     The so called progressive communists and obama are so far to the left of center its hard for tax paying Americans to take any of them seriously.  The next election will see most of the wing nut libs out on the street looking for work. 

  7. Such happenings are despicable. The tone of political conversation in America has reached an all-time low.

    But the sad truth is that many media presenters from the left and the right deliberately fuel the fires that burn in the minds of folks who would rather spout venom than consider facts and form their own conclusions.

    Reporting has become a lost art. Slant is the order of the day.

    Whether it’s a conservative pundit or a liberal pundit, many insist upon feeding their personal fires.

    My personal news hero was “the most trusted man in America,” Walter Leland Cronkite who carefully avoided positions and simply reported the news:

    “… and that’s the way it is” April 17, 2012. 

  8. Nor does the MaineWire report that they posted Kruger’s phone number in their original post.

    No threats of violence are acceptable, but the MaineWire has played a significant role in threats aimed at Kruger.

    Again I will note that there are no bylines to this piece – is it now MaineWire policy to not identify the authors?

  9. To tell the truth I’d rather have a death threat from the libs than a blessing.It would be  assurnce that I’m on the right side of issues. 

  10. No, the guy who flew B-17 missions in WWIi and took a glider in to cover the Battle of the Bulge. THAT Walter Cronkite.

  11. Finally an article in the Rockland Village Soup covering this “national news”.  Poor fellow was just tweeting along about nothing much and horrible things befell him. 

  12. Let’s assume that these messages to the MaineWire are what they are purported to be;

    Did the Lance Dutson or any other staffer contact the police?

    If yes, did the police tell Lance or other staffer that posting the recording online would be a good idea, that it would help their investigation?

    Or is it possible that the person leaving the message – at least the first one – is actually Lance Dutson?

    Anything is possible when you make shit up like the MaineWire does!

  13. Read before you respond, Gerald:
    “MHPC is working with law enforcement to determine the source of the threats.”


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