Suspicious package sent to congressional candidate's home

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A day after a group of Republican congressmen were shot at by a Democratic activist in Virginia, severely wounding Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., a GOP congressional candidate has been targeted along with her neighbors by threatening letters calling her a "dirty fascist" and containing a suspicious white-powder substance.

Local news stations were reporting that the FBI has joined local police in conducting the investigation.

WSB-TV in Atlanta broke the news on Thursday afternoon, reporting that "Authorities were called to the neighborhood where Karen Handel lives in Roswell for the report of a suspicious package Thursday afternoon".

"This afternoon we had some suspicious packages delivered to our house and to our neighbors", Handel said in a statement posted on Facebook.

According to Roswell Police spokesperson Lisa Holland, police received a call around 1:30 p.m. that a person had gotten an envelope in a mailbox that contained an unidentified powdery substance in the County Club of Roswell.

The package contained a white powdery substance inside a clear plastic envelope.




Handel is running against Democrat Jon Ossoff for Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price's vacant 6th congressional district seat. "We will continue to coordinate with law enforcement as necessary", she said on Facebook.

The document in the package sent to FOX 5 threatened violence, and also read in part: "America's terrorist soldiers are raping and killing innocent Muslims by the thousands". University of South Carolina's Duncan Buell, one of the lawsuit advisors, compared the risk to driving in a heavy rain at 100 miles an hour.

Karen Handel said in a statement early Thursday that her suburban Atlanta street was blocked off while law enforcement investigated.

The FBI confirmed that they are also investigating the situation.

With five days to go, the Georgia congressional seat runoff is getting intense. "These events speak to the need to redouble commitment to civility and unity", the campaign stated. Handel has raised only $4.5 million over the same time period, but both candidates have benefited from significant SuperPAC and party expenditures on their behalf.

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