2 Charged with Conspiring to Threaten Stupak

In this March 21, 2010 file photo, Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., announces he will vote to pass the health care reform bill after President Obama agreed to sign an executive order reaffirming the ban on the use of federal funds to provide abortions as the house prepares to vote on health care reform in the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Stupak, targeted for defeat by Tea Party activists for his crucial role in securing House approval of the health care overhaul, said Friday he would retire from Congress this year. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Authorities say two men have been charged with conspiring to threaten U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak because of his vote for the massive health care overhaul.

The U.S. attorney's office in Bay City says 73-year-old Russell Hesch of West Branch and his son, 50-year-old David Hesch of Loveland, Colo., have been arrested.

Court documents say Stupak's office in Menominee received a letter May 25 that threatened the congressman and his wife and son.

An attorney for Russell Hesch says his client is not guilty.

Stupak was spokesman for about a dozen House Democrats who withheld their support for the health bill because they wanted assurances it would not allow federal funding of abortions.

He ultimately voted for the bill in March after reaching a deal with the White House and Democratic leaders.
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