A Philadelphia man who was indicted by a federal grand jury in Covington for sending a harassing e-mail to U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky is expected to plead not guilty Friday to the charge.
Bruce Shore, an unemployed sales representative, said he sent an angry e-mail to Bunning's office in February after Bunning single-handedly blocked a vote to extend unemployment benefits for several days.
In the e-mail, which Shore provided to the Herald-Leader, he asked if Bunning was "insane" and told him that "no checks equal no food for me."
"If this political grandstanding does not end today — we will come to your offices and make our point. You are playing a life and death game here. Do you get it." he wrote in all capital letters. He signed the letter Brad Shore.
Shore said he was interviewed by the FBI about a month after he sent the e-mail. Federal marshals delivered the felony indictment on May 18. He is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Covington on Friday.
"I explained, I apologized, I thought that was the end of it," Shore said in a phone interview this week.
Shore said he is not violent and had no violent feelings toward Bunning.
Bunning spokesman Mike Reynard said the Washington office received "several" threatening communications over the benefits issue. They were forwarded to the Capitol Police.
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