Woman Charged with Reckless Endangerment After She Drove Congressman Off Road Over AHCA Vote

ashley.rae | May 16, 2017
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A Tennessee woman reportedly tried to run her Republican congressman off the road in response to him voting for the American Health Care Act.

NBC News reports Wendi Wright, a 35-year-old woman, was arrested after she tailed a car that Rep. David Kustoff (R-Tenn.) and his aide were in after he left a meeting on Monday at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

According to the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department, Wright was charged with felony reckless endangerment. Wright reportedly made the congressman and his aide fear for their safety as she forced them to go into a driveway of an acquaintance to escape her tailgating them. Wright allegedly got out of her car and began screaming and hitting the windows of Kustoff’s car. She also reportedly even reached into the car.

Wright was arrested after she made a Facebook post detailing her encounter with Kustoff. She was released after making $1,000 bond.

Friends of Wright set up a crowdfunding campaign to help her, claiming she has been “falsely accused” of reckless endangerment, as she was merely trying to talk to Kustoff.

In BuzzFeed’s sympathetic coverage of the incident, BuzzFeed summarizes in their headline, “Friends Say Woman Pursued Congressman Because She Thought He Was Ignoring Her.”

The crowdfunding campaign, which has since been removed (either by the creators or the Youcaring.com website), allegedly said Wright “needs help fighting this story that is being told about her.”

Since the crowdfunding campaign was started, it raised $250 out of $15,000. It is unclear whether the money will be refunded now that the campaign is offline.

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