- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 7, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI arrested a man from northern California on Wednesday for allegedly making threatening telephone calls to Rep. Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives, because of her strong support of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul program, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.

As speaker of the House, Pelosi is the most powerful of the 435 members and is next in line for the presidency after the president and the vice president.

Charges against the arrested man have yet to be disclosed, but they were expected to be filed in federal court in California.

Several federal officials said the man made dozens of calls to Pelosi’s homes in California and Washington, as well as to her husband’s business office. They said he recited her home address and said if she wanted to see it again, she would not support the health care overhaul bill that since his calls has become law.

One official said the man is believed to have spoken directly with Pelosi at least once.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case publicly.

A call to the FBI office in San Francisco was not immediately returned, nor was a call to a spokesman for Pelosi.

On Tuesday, authorities announced charges against a Washington state man who allegedly made threatening calls to Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat like Pelosi. Charges also have been filed against a Philadelphia man who allegedly made a YouTube video threatening Republican Rep. Eric Cantor.

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