Apr 7 2010
10:45 pm

A man who allegedly threatened the life of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is being held in federal custody. Charges are forthcoming.

Gregory Lee Giusti, 48, was arrested Wednesday at his San Francisco home, said Joseph Schadler, spokesman for the FBI's San Francisco office. Schadler would not disclose the charges against Giusti, saying they were under seal until his first appearance before a federal magistrate, scheduled for Thursday.

He apparently had a beef with the impending healthcare reform package and resorted to violent threats against an elected official.

What else do we know about this self-styled patriot?

Rose Riggs, a neighbor of Giusti in a public housing complex in the city's Tenderloin district, said she saw two plainclothes and two uniformed officers take him away in zip-tie cuffs. Riggs, 62, said Giusti was known for engaging in heated political debates with others in the building.


Sister Lorna Walsh, community operations manager of the Mercy Housing complex where Giusti lives, said he had lived in the subsidized housing for almost 10 years.

So, let me guess: When Giusti gets a public benefit, it's charity. When someone else gets a public benefit, it's socialism.

Note: As a pre-emptive statement against the intellectual dishonesty that is sure to otherwise ensue: this is in no way meant as an indictment of PSH. Even Republicans are entitled to - and (SHOCKER!) apparently take advantage of - affordable housing.

bizgrrl's picture

That's just a single example

That's just a single example of the hypocrisy of so many. I would guess we all know someone personally against this new "socialism" who has also availed themselves of the old "socialism".

Elrod's picture

Mentally ill

Honestly, I bet this guy is mentally ill - as are nearly all of these wackos who threaten public officials. I'm glad we take them seriously but I don't think any of them are McVeighists yet. The worst and most serious of the bunch is that Vanderboegh guy in Alabama who encouraged brick throwing. He's not mentally ill. He's just a cowardly jackass.

Somebody's picture

Assuming a felony conviction,

Assuming a felony conviction, after time served, if any, this guy will have a slim chance at getting back into public housing. Guess what happens next.

Andy Axel's picture

No guesses required. From the

No guesses required.

From the article:

Giusti has been in trouble previously for making threats. In 2004, he pleaded no contest in San Mateo County, just south of San Francisco, to a felony charge of making criminal threats and was sentenced to a year in jail and three years of supervised probation. Other details of that case were not immediately available.

redmondkr's picture

"I say Fox News, or all of

"I say Fox News, or all of those that are really radical, and he, that's where he comes from."

Giusti's 83 year-old mother tells ABC's San Francisco affiliate that her nutter son is a fan of Fox News.

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