FBI: House majority leader's family threatened

November 3, 2011 - 5:30 PM
House Republicans

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, joined by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., right, and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Calif., behind, fourth from right, arrives to meet with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, following a Republican strategy session. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The FBI says a Tennessee man has been charged with threatening the family of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia. Agents arrested 62-year-old Glendon Swift of Lenoir City on Wednesday.

He is accused of leaving two voicemail messages at Cantor's office in suburban Richmond on the evening of Oct. 27. In the profanity-laced messages, the caller calls Cantor "Jew boy." He also says he is going to destroy Cantor, rape his daughter and kill his wife.

Swift made a preliminary appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge C. Clifford Shirley Jr. in Knoxville on Thursday.

Cantor spokeswoman Laena Fallon said the Republican congressman had no comment on the threats.

Court records do not list an attorney for Swift. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison if convicted.