It makes me sad that people feel so desperate and are so ill they would even consider attacking a public official. But the most shocking part of this sad story is how many times Michael Hoyt, former bartender at John Boehner's club, made threats before he was actually arrested.
“Hoyt told the officer he was Jesus Christ and he was going to kill Boehner because Boehner was mean to him at the country club and because Boehner is responsible for Ebola,” United States Capitol Police (USCP) Special Agent Christopher M. Desrosiers said. “Hoyt advised he had a loaded Beretta .380 automatic and he was going to shoot Boehner and take off.”
Officers said Hoyt told them he regretted not having enough time to put something in Boehner’s drink. It was also discovered Hoyt emailed Boehner’s wife about the plot a day before he called police, Desrosiers said.
Boy, is that email a doozy, too. Here's his reply to Mrs. Boehner after she emailed him back asking what the first one was all about.
Mrs. Boehner, I was fired. I could not email Mr. Boehner directly because of the zip code block on his email. It doesn’t matter anyway. If he took a real interest in anything he would insure his Club was better than the Country, but they are exactly the same and life goes on SSDD. Sincerely, Mike. Mike, your former bartender.
In addition to the emails and erratic behavior, Hoyt also posted his thoughts online. The Ebola crisis in particular was stressing him.
Authorities said Hoyt also typed an 11-page blog detailing his thoughts about Boehner being the devil and emailed it to his father, ex-girlfriend and neighbor.
Hoyt said he used to pour wine for Boehner often and could have easily poisoned his drink, but didn’t, special agents said.
He said no one checked the drinks he poured for Boehner, and it would have been “very easy to slip something in,” according to Desrosiers.
Hoyt also told agents he imagined a scenario where he confronted Boehner about Ebola in front of one of the sports stadiums in downtown Cincinnati. He said he wanted large crowds to be present.
Obviously Mr. Hoyt has serious psychiatric problems, which is why this find in his apartment is that much more disturbing:
Police searched Hoyt’s home on Oct. 31 and seized an SKS assault rifle magazine, two boxes of 7.62 ammo, 35 loose rounds, a speed loader and a box of .380 rounds. A notebook containing “John Boehner” and “Ebola” were among other writings found during the search, as well as two envelopes with lists of country club members, authorities said.
Agents said they also found a bullet hole in the upper wall of Hoyt’s first-floor bedroom.
When he voluntarily agreed to a 72-hour hold, police took his .380 handgun from him for safekeeping.
Officers said they later recovered Hoyt's SKS assault rifle at his mother’s home in Hebron, Ky. She told investigators she removed it from his home while he wasn’t there because she noticed he was not eating or sleeping and becoming increasingly agitated, Desrosiers said.
People so desperately ill should worry John Boehner and everyone else, too. I'm sure his mother was concerned, since he had suffered a previous psychotic episode but had discontinued his medications. But there wasn't a thing she could do, because the laws in this country are so incredibly draconian when it comes to dealing with the mentally ill. Family members have no rights without extensive and lengthy court proceedings.
I'm glad he didn't shoot John Boehner -- or poison him. But I do wish it would give Boehner pause about the ACA, which covers mental health issues as well as physical health.
Update: Please note: This response came from the right, not the left: