Jobless Man Sends Senator Angry Emails, Gets Arrested

Faces felony charges over notes to Bunning
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2010 12:36 PM CDT
Jobless Man Sends Senator Angry Emails, Gets Arrested
Retiring Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., speaks to a gathering of the party faithful in Hebron, Ky., Saturday, March 13, 2010.   (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

When Sen. Jim Bunning single-handedly blocked an expansion of unemployment benefits—and complained that he'd had to miss a Kentucky-South Carolina basketball game to do it—unemployed Philadelphia man Bruce Shore did what any furious voter would do: he sent Bunning an email. “ARE you'all insane?” it read. “NO checks equals no food for me. DO YOU GET IT??” It was the first of many he'd send in the coming days, all signed “Brad Shore” from Louisville.

Now Shore's been arrested and charged with felony harassment, the Huffington Post reports. The indictment accuses him of anonymously sending messages “with the intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, and harass.” Shore says he used the fake name and location because he assumed Bunning wouldn't care about a Philadelphia voter, but swears he didn't threaten him. “If I send 50 letters to Congress, is that illegal, or is it just me wasting paper?” he asks. (More Jim Bunning stories.)

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