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Report: New York Man Targeted US Sen. Susan Collins With Threatening Voicemails

Maine's U.S. Sen. Susan Collins was reportedly one of two senators allegedly threatened by a New York man.

The New York Post reports Ronald DiRisi, 74, of Smithtown left voicemails on Collins and Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley's office phones following their support of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his controversial confirmation process.

"I'm gonna get you," DiRisi reportedly said in a voicemail to Collins. "You better pray this guy don't get in."

The Maine Republican was deluged with thousands of angry calls and messages regarding Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual misconduct during the confirmation process.

A letter that claimed to contain ricin was also sent to Collins' home in Bangor last week, but that claim was later refuted.

DiRisi's attorney told NBC New York his client has dementia, calling him "an angry, sick old man," but added DiRisi isn't dangerous.

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