As the protracted battle for the speaker's gavel shows no sign of immediate resolution, some Republicans who have expressed opposition to the candidacy of Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) have come forward to complain about the constituent fallout from their decisions, with Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) revealing that he has received an eviction notice at his district office in Windsor, as the Washington Examiner reports.
Buck's story is one of several in which holdouts against Jordan's bid for the speakership have complained about the backlash they have received from those they are meant to represent.
During a chat with NBC's Meet the Press, Buck alleged that he has been subjected to hostile treatment from residents of his district ever since he cast his vote in the speaker's contest for Republican Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN) in the initial two rounds of balloting.
Seemingly irritated at having to listen to the preferences of those he serves, Buck said, “Right now is this constant barrage of phone calls,” and he further claimed that had received roughly 20,000 voice mail messages at least four death threats.
A representative for the lawmaker confirmed that the threatening communications received by the congressman have been reported “to the proper authorities for investigation.”
Referencing the lease on the aforementioned district office, Buck told NBC, “I have a notice of eviction because the landlord is mad with my vote record on the speaker issue.”
According to Denver Fox affiliate station KDVR, a spokesperson for Buck confirmed that the office landlord was indeed terminating the aforementioned lease due to the congressman's opposition to Jordan ascending to the speaker's chair.
Elaborating on the bitterness that has been bubbling up from the electorate, Buck added, according to Colorado Politics, “Family members have been approached and threatened, all kinds of things are going on. There's going to be some tension.”
Though he did not point a finger of blame specifically at Jordan for the backlash, Buck said, “There are a lot of TV pundits or a lot of radio pundits or a lot of grassroots groups that are putting out misinformation and hateful information. And it just stirs people up. There are a lot of people that are scared about the direction of this country, and they're taking this to heart."
Other Republican opponents of Jordan's run for the speaker's post said that they have had similar experiences to those described by Buck, with Reps. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA) and Drew Ferguson (GA) indicating their receipt of death threats after switching their allegiance from the Ohio congressman to other candidates in the second round of balloting.
“This is simply unacceptable, unforgiveable, and will never be tolerated,” Ferguson opined on X (formerly Twitter).
Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) said that his wife had also received a number of menacing phone contacts over his opposition to Jordan's candidacy, according to The Hill.
Speaking to reporters on the subject, Bacon said on Thursday, “She had terrible phone calls. I didn't sleep well last night. I called her, and I go, 'How you doing?' She goes, 'I slept really good. I had a loaded gun.'”
While there is never any justification for threats toward public servants, those in Congress are arguably receiving a useful lesson in what it means to truly represent the wishes of those who elected them and the potentially unpleasant consequences of failing to do so.