A 48-year-old Pennsylvania man was arrested and charged Tuesday with threatening to shoot election officers at a Washington County voting location after he was informed that he was not registered to vote.
Christopher Thomas Queen of Claysville, Pa., was charged with making terroristic threats and disorderly conduct, in line with The Associated Press.
Queen “grew to become upset, informed the ballot staff he was going to go get a gun and are available again and shoot them,” Melanie Ostrander, Washington County’s assistant elections director, informed the AP.
The incident reportedly occurred on the Franklin Volunteer Fireplace Division within the township of South Franklin. Queen doesn’t have a registered lawyer, in line with courtroom paperwork seen by the AP, and telephone calls to his residence weren’t answered.
Pennsylvania is the location of a contentious gubernatorial race between Gov. Tom Wolf (D) and state Sen. Scott Wagner (R), in addition to a battle for Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyObama quietly records dozens of get-out-the-vote pitches Dems target small cluster of states in battle for House Overnight Health Care — Presented by Purdue Pharma — Trump officials move to require drug prices in TV ads | 4,000 more people lose Medicaid in Arkansas | New top official for Medicaid MORE Jr.’s (D) Senate seat.
Each races are anticipated by election analysts to go within the Democrats’ favor, as both men get pleasure from double-digit leads in RealClearPolitics averages of polls in opposition to their GOP challengers.
Wagner confronted criticism for rhetoric that was seen as inspiring violence final month when he released a video by which he pledged to “stomp throughout” Wolf’s face with “golf spikes.”
“Between now and Nov. 6, you higher put a catcher’s masks in your face as a result of I will stomp throughout your face with golf spikes,” Wagner stated within the video, vowing to defeat his opponent. “As a result of I will win this for the state of Pennsylvania, and we will throw you out of workplace.”