GOP House aide accused of sending out hate emails after election
Posted On July 28, 2021
A former aide to Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) has been charged with making and distributing “inflammatory” and “suspected” hate mail to people in his district, according to a complaint filed with the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The complaint accuses Huelskamp of sending multiple messages that allegedly attacked black people, Latinos, Muslims, Native Americans, immigrants, and other people who are different from him, the Southern Center for Law and Justice, a civil rights organization based in Montgomery, Ala., said in a news release Monday.
Huelskamps assistant, Josh T. Dornan, 22, of the 7200 block of E. 7th St. in Madison, was charged with six counts of transmitting obscene and harassing messages, including two threatening letters and two tweets, the complaint said.
The tweets, which were sent in 2016 and 2017, referred to HuelsKamp’s wife and their children, the SPLC said.
Huelkamps wife has also been charged, the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit said Dornans social media accounts are being used for “hate-based harassment.”
It was not immediately clear if Huelsamp has retained an attorney.
He is scheduled to appear in court in Madison on Wednesday.
In an interview with the SPLJ in 2016, Huelsbamp said the campaign has been inundated with hate mail after he lost a re-election bid to Democrat Jim McDermott.
The 2016 campaign was one of the first to receive hundreds of thousands of anti-Huelskamp and anti-McDermott emails.
In a tweet in 2016 that said, “You have lost our vote, now you can be our next senator,” Huelsbb was referring to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
The messages, which had been sent to a number of people, included derogatory references to his wife and children, his wife’s family, his parents, his family dog, and his wife, the suit said.
One message said, “[I] just hope I don’t get to spend the rest of my life with you, because if I did, I would love you all the more.
We have to keep fighting.”
Another message referred to the 2016 presidential election as “a sham and a fraud.”
The complaint said one of Huelsmbamp’s campaign staff members received multiple threatening letters in the mail and that he has not responded to any of them.