A woman was arrested in West Tennessee this week for allegedly stalking U.S. Rep. David Kustoff because of his vote to repeal Obamacare.
Police say Wendi Wright began harassing Kustoff and his aide, Marianne Dunavant, as they were leaving a town hall meeting Monday evening at the University of Tennessee-Martin in Weakley County, according to WMC Action News 5.
As she followed them on U.S. 45, south of Martin, she made the congressman and his aide feel like they were going to be forced off the road, police say.
The car that Kustoff and Dunavant were in eventually turned onto another road and into a driveway of a person they knew, according to The Jackson Sun. After both vehicles stopped, Wright got out and started screaming and hitting the windshield of Kustoff’s car. At some point, she reached inside the car and then stood in such a way as to try to block them in the driveway.
Someone called 911, but Wright left before police arrived. The 35-year-old Obion County woman later posted on Facebook about the incident, which led Obion County deputies to find and arrest her.
“I think the basis of all of it was a health care vote that he had cast that she was upset with,” Sgt. Marty Plunk of the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department told WMC Action News 5.
The Republican congressman had previously told the Memphis news channel that having insurance through Obamacare is “almost not worth it.”
Plunk said Wright’s actions went beyond permissible protest into criminal territory.
“She went to extreme levels of putting them in fear of their own safety,” he said.
Wright was released on a $1,000 bond and is set to appear in court on Monday on charges of felony reckless endangerment.
Republican congressmen in Tennessee and across the country have faced harassment since the election of President Trump and increased radicalization on the part of leftist agitators.