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Republican tells AP: Wis. gov., others threatened



MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A person within the Republican party tells The Associated Press that police are investigating a threat against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.


The Republican was briefed on the threat and requested anonymity because the person was not authorized to release the information.

Word of the threat came when state Senate Chief Clerk Robert Marchant sent a memo to all Senate offices Wednesday.

The memo said the FBI, the Capitol Police and other law enforcement agencies are "taking steps to address the threat" against various Wisconsin public officials, including two state senators.

The memo does not name the targets. Marchant did not elaborate on the nature of the threat.

News of the threat comes four days after an assassination attempt on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona.

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