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GOP Rep. Upton says death threats made bipartisan votes ‘frightening’

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said on Sunday that death threats — like those he received for voting for infrastructure spending — could “be a detriment getting good people to run” for Congress.

Why it matters: Upton announced his retirement on April 5 after more than 30 years in Congress.

  • Upton was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Driving the news: Upton said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he received death threats for voting in favor of the infrastructure bill, which he noted was at one point a Republican bill.

  • “It puts you at risk, particularly when they threaten not only you … but when they threaten your spouse or your kids or whatever, that’s what really makes it frightening,” Upton said.


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