Woman allegedly tries to run GOP congressman off road over health care vote.

Woman Allegedly Tries to Run GOP Congressman Off Road Over Health Care Vote

Woman Allegedly Tries to Run GOP Congressman Off Road Over Health Care Vote

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May 14 2017 3:06 PM

Woman Allegedly Tries to Run GOP Lawmaker Off Road Over Health Care Vote

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Wendi Wright, 35, allegedly tried to run a congressman's car off the road.

Weakley County Sheriff’s Department

Feelings are running high over the Obamacare repeal and replace vote. Republicans are getting confronted by angry voters at town halls, and some are even seeing that rage spill over to the streets. In Tennessee, one woman was so angry at a lawmaker’s vote in favor of the health care bill that she tried to run him off the road, according to police.

After Rep. David Kustoff visited the University of Tennessee at Martin on Monday, Wendi Wright started tailing his car. Wright was so aggressive while driving that at one point the lawmaker and those in the car with him were “in fear of being forced off” the road, the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department said. So they decided to change course and go to a friend’s house that was nearby. Wright got out of her car and confronted the lawmaker.

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Wright reportedly started screaming, and hit the windows of Kustoff's vehicle, even reaching inside at one point. She briefly blocked the car from leaving until she got out of there once cops were called. Authorities arrested her later when she wrote about the incident on Facebook. At first authorities tried to get her side of the story but she refused to cooperate. "That left us with no other choice but to issue an arrest warrant for her and take her into custody," a sheriff's department official said.

Wright was charged with felony reckless endangerment and freed on a $1,000 bond. She is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the Today’s Papers column from 2006 to 2009. Follow him on Twitter.