MANCHESTER -- The New Hampshire businessman who appears in a Mitt Romney television ad accusing President Barack Obama of “demonizing” small business owners has gone to his local police after receiving two “harassing” telephone calls and, he says, hundreds of nasty emails. “It's frightening to me,” said Jack Gilchrist of Gilchrist Metal Fabricating of Hudson, who also said Thursday he received hundreds of supportive emails as well.
One called him a “vile piece of (expletive),” among other things, and demanded he call Obama to apologize.
caller was identified by Gilchrist through his caller ID. The man
called from area code 630, which is the Chicago area. He has posted
anti-Republican and anti-conservative messages on Twitter in the past,
including a 2009 posts that said, “GOP needs to be eliminated,” and, “I
am prepared to kill people. Let the tea bagers fire the first shot and I
will pile up the bodies of the traitors.”
The other caller, to
Gilchrist's associate, names Gilchrist and calls him “a (expletive)
liar,” a “(expletive) Republican piece of (expletive),” and told him to
“burn in hell.”
Gilchrist said that between the emails and the
calls, “I have to believe that this is an orchestrated effort. There are
quite a few coincidences.”
He said the callers “don't understand that the $800,000 was a municipal bond. I paid it back.