There's a good chance that Charles Habermann is wishing he'd threatened the life of Rep. Jim McDermott several months back and not a few weeks before Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' shooting in Tucson over the weekend. Sure, he'd still be in a world of shit for it, but with the country's mood as it is now, he's in for some swift and quick retribution, both in court and in the press.
Apparently Habermann made a pair of rambling phone calls to McDermott's office in December in which he checked off pretty much everything on the right-wing-fringe crazy-list: he invoked Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Washington, and Alexander Hamilton, he called McDermott a communist and he said he'd kill him, his family, and everyone he knows.
Here's an excerpt from the calls as reported by the P-I:
"Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, or George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, if any of them had ever met uh, uh Jim McDermott, they would all blow his brains out. They'd shoot him, in the head. They'd kill him, because he's a piece of, of, of disgusting garbage. . . . Any you let that (expletive) scum bag know, that if he ever (expletive) with my money, ever the (expletive) again, I'll (expletive) kill him, okay," Habermann continued, according to charges. "I'll round them up, I'll kill them, I'll kill his friends, I'll kill his family, I will kill everybody he (expletive) knows."
In defending himself, Habermann apparently cited his $3 million trust fund, saying he had "too much to lose" to actually hurt the Congressman.
Regardless, he was arrested today and charged with threatening a federal official. He could do up to 10 years in prison for it.
The good news for him is that if he's convicted, once he gets out of prison, his trust fund will have gained a ton of interest.