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California man arrested for allegedly threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over healthcare reform [Updated]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Credit: Alex Wong / Getty Images Law enforcement officials are telling the Associated Press that the FBI has arrested a Northern California man on suspicion of making threatening phone calls to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over healthcare reform.

[Updated at 3:07 p.m.: Gregory Lee Giusti, 48, was arrested at his San Francisco home in the Tenderloin district shortly after noon, said Joseph Schadler, a spokesman for the FBI office in San Francisco.]

Rose Riggs, Giusti's neighbor in a public housing complex, said she saw two plainclothes and two uniformed officers take him away in cuffs. Riggs said Giusti was known for engaging in heated political debates with others in the building.

“He was not one of my favorite people. He had a real attitude problem,” she said.]

Charges against the alleged caller have not been disclosed.

Several federal officials say the man made dozens of calls to Pelosi's homes in California and Washington, D.C., and to her husband's business office. The suspect allegedly recited her home address and said that if she wanted to see it again, she should not support the healthcare overhaul bill that was recently signed.

-- Amanda Covarubbias

Photo: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi  Credit: Alex Wong / Getty Images

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you guys at the times are chicken scratch. you have no objectivity to your reporting of the news.

They should post this man's address and phone number so that all of us that wanted and need heath care reform can call him.

Another whack job who was egged on by El Rushbo, Hannity, Beck and the rest of the hate mongers on the right.

read it and weep teatards, time to pay the piper for your childish tantrums!

Obviously a true red republican.

Short of brains and complete lack of testicles.

Dear Nancy, I love you for your courage and always will, but please respect the place I put you even though they do not

What an Idiot

Pelosi has been a VERY SERIOUS THREAT to every US Citizen since she went to Washington....ARREST HER ASAP! I'm Very Serious!

Society continues to go down the tubes.

By that I mean that civility is near death.

Anyone else see the irony that a public housing resident makes threats about the healthcare reform bill? Maybe the welfare department should stop paying for cable TV.

He lives in public housing, but he's upset with universal health care.

Oh, what sweet irony.

This guy is epic!! He bought everything Rush, Beck and the rest of the wingnut right spews about "socialized medicine" while living in SOCIALIZED HOUSING.
You can't make this stuff up!!

Hahaha! I imagine Pelosi gets millions of nasty phone calls since she is so nasty herself.

So I guess "conservative family values" includes threatening people with whom you disagree.

The GOP needs to stop its ridiculous attacks on the health care bill, especially the persistent lies. One of the big lies has to do with abortion. The bill has NOTHING to do with abortion. In particular, it does not overturn the federal law relating to funding of abortions. This big lie has agitated a lot of already unstable people, including the miscreant in this story. Besides, if this was such a bad bill, why did the GOP choose not to participate in its formulation? They made a bad miscalculation, thinking that they could block the bill, making the President look bad. They don't care about the American people. They only care about self-preservation.

Obviously a Fox News fan.

Have the started a defense fund yet?

Lives in the 'Tenderloin" district - enough said. Whack job who is out of control and probably permanently on disability.

Law enforcement should have zero tolerance for these yahoos who think it's OK to threaten federal officials. These are felonies, and we should throw the book at them.

Fox News is not even reporting that these people that it has so ginned up are getting arrested by the handful. As more arrests are made, someone should start demanding accountability from Fox News and the Republican Party.

itz everyday poliTRICKS:)

freedom of speach is dead in amerika.

The guy must have been a Democrat egged on by Code Pink and the other crazy libtards that listen to Maddow and Olberman .
Here in the city of Lost Angeles the libtards are screaming for more money for their unions. Cheating the honest tax payers again.
Nancy is destroying the country on the national level. She is a danger to the nation. She is a liar, cheat, and bi@#$.
She won't have a CA to come home to when she gets unseated.
BTW only a 9.0 earthquake will save CA now after the liberals have destroyed it for years.

The guy only said what most of this country is saying and no one is listening; just lining their pockets to break us all!

They should both be in jail. For some strange reason the lesser of the criminals is going to jail.

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