The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into what three state lawmakers consider threats against them.
The three people mentioned in the blog posts are Republican representative Tony Shipley of Kingsport, Republican representative Jon Lundberg of Bristol, and Republican senator Mae Beavers of Mount Juliet, Tennessee.
“[It's] unbelievable, unbelievable,” said Rep. Shipley after he found out Wednesday about the ablogination.TN420.org website that he said makes some serious statements about him and others who worked on the bill against synthetic drugs. “I’ve just been advised by officials that there is a threat against my life and Representative Jon Lundberg and Senator Mae Beavers as a consequence of our activities concerning the bath salts legislation.”
Shipley was told about the blog by a local county official. He then forwarded the link to the TBI to investigate. "It’s a specific threat. It references that they would have my rear side, but they used a different word than that, for putting them out of business,” he said.
In a May 15 post, the day after Governor Bill Haslam signed the bill making it illegal to buy, sell, or manufacture synthetic drugs, the author wrote, “Tony Shipley’s ass is mine.” The author said, “I am your enemy, Tony.”
"I think it's a shame we are in American and for an official to have his life and his family threatened for doing his job,” Shipley said.
Senator Beaver said she also contacted TBI when she learned about the blog. “The threatening language and tone of the communication was very concerning,” she said. “It has been turned over to the TBI and I have confidence that they will handle the matter appropriately.” She met with an agent Wednesday afternoon.
“All I can think of this is like Columbian drug lords threatening elected officials for doing their job,” said Shipley.
Lundberg said he too considers the comments threatening.
The first paragraph of the post states, “Basically, the bi-partisan collection of insects that infests the Tennessee General Assembly passed HB3175 and a few other similarly unconstitutional pieces of legislation designed to damage the ‘synthetic drug’ industry.”
Shipley said he stands by his actions to ban synthetic drugs. “A message to those drug dealers: I'll do it again. Period. It's the right thing for America. American's can't be intimidated from doing the right thing and either can I. Period,” he said.
The last three paragraphs of the post address Shipley directly, saying, “We’re coming for you.”
Shipley and his wife have been put under protective services while TBI investigates.