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Arizona lawmaker gets threat for support of Medicaid plan

PHOENIX — A Republican member of the Arizona House said she received an
obscene and threatening voicemail at her office because she supports Gov. Jan
Brewer’s push to expand Medicaid.

A visibly shaken Rep. Kate Brophy McGee of Phoenix urged fellow members
Thursday to tell their constituents to be civil. She told them she should not be
frightened to come to work.

The message came after Republican Rep. Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff sent an email
urging his constituents to call Brophy McGee and five other GOP House members
who support Medicaid expansion. Thorpe said he sent an apology to the lawmakers
for naming them late Wednesday.

GOP House Speaker Andy Tobin said threatening any lawmaker or any Arizonan is
inappropriate. He said he spoke with Thorpe and he sent the apology.


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