A Pennsylvania woman has been charged with making threats to a pro-life legislator specifically because he opposes abortion. The woman in question is now awaiting a district court preliminary hearing after having been charged by authorities with leaving threatening, vulgar messages at state Rep. Mario Scavello’s Pocono Township office.
According to news reports, Sharon Marie Manning, 47, stands accused of leaving harassing and life-threatening voicemails on Representative Scavello’s office voicemail.
In a followup phone call, Manning added: “If your jackass self ever decides to run for office in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut, the women would beat you senseless themselves. And if you ever try to legislate in this country, I’ll make sure your life is a living (expletive) hell. Do you understand me? You piece of (expletive)!”
A local newspaper has more information:
A Republican representing Monroe County, Scavello is running against Lower Nazareth Township attorney Mark Aurand for the new 40th District state Senate seat incorporating parts of Monroe and Northampton counties. Aurand ran a TV campaign ad criticizing Scavello for opposing abortions and all exceptions under which women could have them, something Scavello himself has denied.
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The caller leaving the voice mails at Scavello’s office indicated she had seen the ad prior to leaving the messages, according to a Pocono Township police affidavit. Scavello’s office representative discovered the messages Sept. 19, the day after they were left, and contacted police, who traced the calls back to a phone number identifying Manning as the owner.
Police called Manning at that number and left a message asking her to respond. She later called back, acknowledged what she had done and said she would not contact Scavello or his office again, according to the affidavit.
A www.dailynewsen.com article quotes Scavello as wishing he himself had taken the call instead of his office staff discovering the voice mails. Scavello is quoted as saying he regrets his staff had to experience something like that.