Woman attempts to drive GOP congressman off road over health care vote

Wendi Wright
Wendi Wright
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14 May, 2017

Kustoff and his aide, Marianne Dunavant, had been at a town hall meeting on the University of Tennessee Martin campus prior to the incident.

When they arrived at their destination, Wright reportedly ran to Kustoff's vehicle - now parked in the driveway - and "screamed while banging on the auto and reaching in".

"I've been led to believe she was upset over a vote he had cast involving health care", Sgt. Marty Plunk told Buzzfeed. According to BuzzFeed News, when Kustoff was leaving, Wright attempted to accost him about her "grievances" over his healthcare vote, but he quickly got in his vehicle along with his driver and personal aide.

The 35-year-old is accused of then getting out of her auto, walking up to the congressman's and pounding on the windows. Wright began to follow Kustoff's vehicle after she tried to confront him on campus and placed them "in fear of being forced off" the road. However, the congressman left in his vehicle and "that's why she began following him", according to Plunk.

They say she was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment after posting details of the encounter on Facebook. She was arrested and released on a $1,000 bond.

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The Weakley County Sherriff's Department first reported the incident on Thursday. She will be arraigned on Monday, May 15 in Weakley County General Sessions Court.

We've reached out to his office for comment.

Kustoff voted for the American Health Care Act and posted a statement in support of the bill on his website.

The May 4 House vote paves the way for states to individually determine whether people with pre-existing conditions can enroll in state-operated health care exchanges created under Obamacare.


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