A Colorado man has been arrested after calling in a death threat against the state’s Jewish secretary of state, Reuters reported.
Kirk Samuel Wertz, 52, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with threatening an elected official.
According to court records, Wertz’s arrest was the first case since state laws against election threats were strengthened and retaliating against elected officials was made a felony in May 2021.
On June 30, Wertz allegedly called the office of Secretary of State Jena Griswold, who is Jewish, her office said.
"Hey, I've got a message for the secretary and I want you to pass it along: The angel of death is coming for her in the name of Jesus Christ," Griswold's office said that the caller told them.
Griswold, the state’s Democratic top election official, told Reuters in a statement that threats were being aimed at election officials to “destabilize democracy.”
"The wave of violent threats directed at election officials and workers across the county is extremely concerning," Griswold added.