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Political Road Rage: Woman Ran Congressman off Road over Health Care Vote

Published: May 16, 2017
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Obion County, TN — A Tennessee woman was charged with felony reckless endangerment last week after trying to run a congressman off the road, enraged at the politician’s vote in support of the Republican health care bill, according to police.

Wendi Wright allegedly tailed Rep. David Kustoff and his aide, Marianne Dunavant, after leaving a town hall event Monday at the University of Tennessee at Martin. According to the Weakly Police Department, Kustoff and Dunavant were scared the 35-year-old woman was trying to run them off the road and drove to the home of someone they knew. Wright allegedly screamed at the congressman and struck the windows of the vehicle, at one point standing in front of the car to block Kustoff from leaving, according to authorities.

Wright left the scene when a 911 call was made, evading police, but authorities say they tracked her down after she posted a detailed account of the incident. She was arrested and subsequently released on $1,000 bail. Her arraignment is scheduled for May 15th.

Kustoff isn’t the only congressman to face backlash over the widely unpopular American Health Care Act, which a new poll shows has even less support than Obamacare. Representatives in New York, Idaho, and New Jersey have all attempted to defend the bill to their angry constituents at town hall meetings.

New Jersey Rep. Tom McArthur spent five hours trying — and failing — to appease a hostile crowd consisting of approximately 300 constituents booing and yelling their objection to the law. “You have been the single greatest threat to my family in the entire world,” resident Geoff Ginter told Reed.

According to a poll taken by Morning Call/POLITICO, only 38 percent of voters say they approve of the American Health Care Act.

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