CNN cameraman arrested for threatening to kill Rep. Mat Gaetz

Eugene “Gene” Huelsman has been arrested for threatening to kill Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and his family, according to a report in The New York Post.

Huelsman is a native of California and a longtime camera operator the has worked for CNN, ABC, NBC, as well as others. The mainstream media cameraman threatened to shoot the Florida representative and his children in a profanity-laced phone message to the politician’s office. 

The call in question was made in January to Gaetz’s office, according to Politico, and Fox News reported that the call was just three days after the siege on the US Capitol.

The indictment in question did not call Gaetz by name, only referring to him as M.G., however, reporters have confirmed that he was the target of the threats offered by the cameraman: 

Tell [M.G.] to watch his back, tell him to watch his children,” Huelsman said in the call, according to the indictment, which was obtained by Politico. “I’m coming for him, he’s gonna f—king die … I’m gonna f—king kill him.

“Watch your back, I’m coming for you,” he allegedly goes on. “I’m gonna put a bullet in you and I’m gonna put a bullet in one of your f—king kids too.”

Gaetz recently said from the floor of the House that federal investigators weren’t taking threats to him and his family seriously. This conclusion could be supported by a report by the New York Post that a second man who recently threatened the representative is still free after the DJO blocked Capitol Police’s recommendation for his arrest. 

“An indictment was issued in May, and has now been unsealed the week after my criticism,” he reportedly said. “If they took our security seriously, they would arrest all of the people who violate federal law and the threats to kill us, not just some of them … I think that the Department of Justice is biased against Republicans.”

Huelsman reportedly hails from Thousand Oaks California and has frequently worked as a camera operator in TV and film, with work including “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.”