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Misdirected Death Threats: The New Civility’s Innocent Victims

By Doug Powers  •  April 19, 2011 04:22 PM

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This makes me wonder how many threats the folks at Bush’s Baked Beans received during the previous presidency.

From the Des Moines Register:

A case of mistaken identity has entangled a small family-owned Des Moines company in union protests and led to a death threat.

Angry callers are mistaking Koch Brothers, a Des Moines office supply firm, with the brothers who own Koch Industries, the global energy conglomerate. Billionaires Charles and David Koch have fought Wisconsin unions, financed the tea party and opposed climate change rules.

Dutch Koch, president of the Des Moines company, wants everyone to know he’s not one of those Koch brothers, and he’s not politically active.

“I initially thought it was humorous to be confused with a multibillionaire,” he said, but then a death threat was left on his answering machine. Koch reported the call to the FBI, which he said traced it to a California man.
Since the start of the year, Koch said he’s received at least 20 emails and 15 calls from confused protesters.

Sheer genius.

Note to former NY Mayor Ed Koch: You might want to unplug your answering machine for a few weeks.

(h/t Marathon Pundit and Red State)

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