‘We want blood … Be back later’: Threatening note rattles Duval Democrats
Nasty note for Duval Democrats raises concerns.

Dem note
Someone wearing a gas mask left the message.

A threatening note affixed to the back door of the Duval County Democratic Headquarters rattled local partisans this week.

The message, rendered with primitive type and formatting on a standard sheet of paper, was chilling.

“We want blood. You lost the election. Redress our grievances now or we will. Be back later,” read the missive found Monday by Daniel Henry, the chair of the local party.

Upon further review, the note containing identifying information for Henry and other party officials was left shortly after Midnight on Saturday, by a man wearing a gas mask and gloves, obscuring traditional identifiers like facial recognition or fingerprints.

“We’ve seen threats of violence throughout the country about the election results, but I never expected to see it on our doorstep,” Henry said.

“It’s clear the perpetrator’s intent was to inspire fear and perpetuate the false narrative of the election being rigged. We will not be intimidated by cowards that lurk in the shadows in gas masks. When political leaders publicly refuse to accept the results of the election, they embolden bad actors like these,” Henry said.

The incident got national coverage via the New York Times. Henry notes that a reporter reached out to him as he was on his way to talk to a detective, catching him “off guard.”

Thus far, Henry says that the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is still exploring leads, but it was clear Friday that the chairman is still struggling with the incident.

When Henry first saw the note, he wondered if it was a joke. But upon review of security footage and other investigation, it was clear to him that the malefactor “went to a lot of effort” to figure out his target, including sussing out where the otherwise unmarked back door of the office is.

And it was clear to Henry that it was intended to be a threat.

“He looked directly to the camera,” Henry said, as he stuck the note on the door.

“This election cycle has taken on a life of its own,” Henry said, with the persistent “rigged election” narrative stopping at least some partisans from “shaking hands and moving on.”

Henry says Dean Black, who chairs the Duval County Republicans, has reached out to offer support in the wake of the incident.

The incident caps off a year where rhetoric and action has been more pitched than usual. In February, Duval Republicans were roiled by a car driving dangerously close to volunteers engaged in voter registration.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


6 comments

  • S B ANTHONY

    December 18, 2020 at 11:11 am

    This outrageous and illegal behavior has been and is encouraged by the sitting president of the United
    States, who should be indicted, prosecuted and imprisoned.

  • Frankie M.

    December 18, 2020 at 11:22 am

    I am encouraged this coward took the proactive step of masking up. At least this piece of human excrement is not a rona truther. As for the rest of his/her note…bring it on hip hop!

  • Sonja Fitch

    December 18, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    We are going Blue in Duval! The threats are the work of an anonymous jerk! Over the past 5 1/2 years I have experienced disgusting things from these pitiful limp dicks! Stand up Democrats and real Republicans!

  • John Wright

    December 18, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    This cowardly act is something a Democrat would do. Hopefully, it’s just one bad actor that needs help.

    So far this unity narrative by Biden isn’t working out when you have transition people calling Republicans f***ers. This type of rhetoric causes people like the note writer to act.

    Let’s give civility a try.

  • Jack

    December 18, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    We’re going to treat Beijing Biden the same exact way you treated President Trump for four years. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. You clowns want unity, what happened to unity four years ago?

  • Patricia Marie

    December 20, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    The man in the oval could have prevented all of this…..but what do we get???????? Crickets!

    1/20/2021……END OF AN ERROR!

Comments are closed.


#FlaPol

Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Jason Delgado, Renzo Downey, Rick Flagg, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Joe Henderson, Janelle Irwin, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Jesse Scheckner, Scott Powers, Andrew Wilson, and Kelly Hayes.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704




Sign up for Sunburn


Categories