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White powder found congressman's office in Florida

April 8, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

BOCA RATON (AP) - Authorities are responding to a congressman's office in Florida after a letter containing some type of white powder was discovered.

Boca Raton Fire Rescue says a hazardous materials team was at Republican Allen West's office Friday to check whether the letter has any dangerous substance. Police are also responding.

West's chief of staff says the letter contained derogatory comments about the politician and contained the word anthrax. He says the letter was opened by a campaign staffer.

West is a freshman congressman and tea party favorite who swept incumbent Rep. Ron Klein from office. West was in Washington when the letter was opened. He says in a news release he is deeply disturbed by the incident.



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