Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Iowa Democratic Party Chair Ross Wilburn received multiple threats, including one of lynching, after he penned an opinion piece critical of former President Donald Trump, he told the Des Moines Register. Wilburn, a state representative from Ames, is the first Black chair of the Iowa Democratic Party. Although he's become accustomed to hateful comments as an elected official and party leader, "it's important for people to know that this is not normal and it's not OK," Wilburn said in an interview. Ames Police Cmdr. Jason Tuttle confirmed his department is investigating the threats, and Story County Attorney Tim Meals said his office has also been made aware of the incidents.
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