A person in a hazmat suit appears to be handling a letter that is enclosed in a plastic bag in Bangor, Maine, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. A hazardous materials team was called Monday to investigate a suspicious letter sent to the home of Republican Sen. Susan Collins, officials said. Law enforcement officials were analyzing the contents of the letter. An FBI spokeswoman said Monday evening that preliminary tests on the envelope indicated there was no threat to the public. (Gabor Degre/The Bangor Daily News via AP)

Collins' husband: Ricin threat mentioned Kavanaugh vote

October 17, 2018 - 6:16 am

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The husband of Republican Sen. Susan Collins says a threatening letter that claimed to contain deadly ricin specifically mentioned her vote to nominate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Thomas Daffron told WABI-TV on Tuesday that the writer claimed the letter was tainted with ricin residue. He and Collins were allowed to stay home after preliminary tests indicated there was no public threat.

Collins and her staff have been subjected to threats over her decision to back Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.

Collins tells WABI she is not going to live her life any differently and will not be intimidated or live in fear.

She says she first learned of the letter in photos sent from her husband. Her husband and their Labrador retriever, Pepper, were both quarantined for a time.