Mental illness, more than political differences, seem to separate the Speaker and the bartender
WASHINGTON, January 14, 2015 — We may not agree with a politician’s views, but plotting to lace his bourbon with poison is a step further than any sane person would go. But country club bartender Michael Hoyt is probably none too sane.
Authorities confirm that Hoyt, who served the House Speaker John Boehner at the club, was indicted for his murderous intentions toward the speaker. On October 29, 2014, Hoyt called a police officer to say that he was “Jesus Christ and he was going to kill Boehner.”
He reasoned that Boehner was mean to him, but he also wanted to confront the speaker — preferably in a public place in front of a crowd — to make him apologize for Ebola and explain the disease for which Hoyt held Boehner responsible.
Hoyt volunteered to be taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for psychiatric evaluation after police confronted him in October. Hoyt is currently being evaluated at the Federal Medical Center, Devens, a prison in Massachusetts for male inmates requiring specialized or long-term medical or mental health care.
Hoyt had worked at Wetherington for many years and Boehner is “aware” of who he is, according to staffers. They were also informed of the threat last November. Police seized a gun and ammunition from Hoyt’s residence after he told them he had a loaded Beretta.380 automatic and that he had planned to “shoot Boehner and take off.”
Found in Hoyt’s home were an SKS assault rifle magazine, boxes of ammo, 35 loose rounds, and a speed loader. Also found was a note book that included the speaker’s name and lists of country club members.
Hoyt faces a sentence of up to 30 years in federal prison for his threats. Hoyt is not the only person who has threatened the speaker. According to WCPO Channel 9 in Cincinnati, Brandon James Thompson, 32, of New Castle, Indiana, was arrested May 9 on charges of making threats against Boehner over Congress’s failure to extend unemployment insurance.
Ronald Dean Frazier of Lake Havasu, Arizona was arrested May 15 and charged with spreading threats to kill Boehner via Twitter.
Boehner did not share news of the threats with his colleagues. House Majority leader Kenneth McCarthy, R-Calif., said that he had not heard of the incidents. He told reporters, “in a society where we live, it’s a sad situation. I think this individual needs a great deal of help, but the speaker also needs to be protected.”
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