If the special something mailed to Ohio’s 25 Republican state senators had been delivered, it probably would have hit the fan.
Statehouse mailroom employees intercepted most of the letters that contained fecal matter, according to a News5 Cleveland report. Postal workers in Cleveland and Akron intercepted a few of the letters as well.
The U.S. Postal Service and mailrooms around the country implemented biohazard detection systems after letters containing the deadly toxin anthrax were mailed to journalists and members of Congress in 2001.
People looking to make light of the situation in Ohio may be inclined to say the postal employees did their duty and protected Congress.
“I’m really angry about it,” Senate GOP spokesman John Fortney said. “These are a bunch of little scared, little cowards that wouldn’t say s*** or a thing to you face-to-face, right, they would rather send it in the mail.”
There were no diatribes against positions on abortion or guns written in the letters, the Senate spokesman said, adding he doesn’t know if there were any threats targeting the legislators.
“The OHP has been notified,” he said, referring to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, “and, as always, the safety of all 33 members of the Senate, their staff and statehouse employees remains a priority.”
State Senator Jay Hottinger declared he has seen a lot in the 28 years he has served in the legislature, but called this a first.
“It’s difficult to quantify how immature, obviously gross, ridiculous, you know, a stunt like this is. Whatever message that they are intending to try to deliver loses all effect when you resort to ridiculous stunts like this,” he said in an interview with 10TV, an Ohio CBS affiliate.
The perpetrator(s) would have probably had more impact if they texted the senators the “poop” emoji because they would have seen that, at least.