Are Arizona's members of Congress getting more death threats?

Charly Edsitty verifies if Arizona elected officials have seen an increase in threats amid the current political climate.

Just hours after Rep. Steve Scalise was shot by a gunman at the Republicans' practice for the congressional baseball game, another representative received a death threat.

Rep. Claudia Tenney, a Republican from New York, received an email read "1 down, 216 to go," in an apparent reference to the number of House seats it would take to get a majority vote.

The threats are also affecting Arizona's representatives.

Rep. Ruben Gallego, a Democrat, told the Los Angeles Times "Everyone's getting a bunch of death threats right now. A lot of members are asking for changes."

Rep. Martha McSally, a Republican, knows about the threats firsthand. Back in May, a Tucson man was arrested for making threats against her.

"I think the best thing we can do right now is continue to do our job," she said.

But are death threats becoming part of the job?

Reps. Tom O'Halleran and Kyrsten Sinema both said they have received threats.

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