Thomas J. Sheeran
CLEVELAND: A Tennessee man has been charged with threatening to burn down the home of an Ohio congressman during the health care debate.
Prosecutors in Ohio say 40-year-old James Schmidlin of Cleveland, Tenn., was charged with making an arson threat by phone against Democratic U.S. Rep. John Boccieri (of the Canton area.
The federal indictment was unsealed Friday in Cleveland, Ohio.
The charges say the threatening call was made around March 4 amid the congressional debate on health care. Boccieri was one of eight Democrats who switched positions and voted for the president's proposal.
The government says Schmidlin was arrested Thursday night and would be brought to federal court in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Court records don't reflect an attorney representing Schmidlin.