Woman accused of trying to run congressman off road

Posted May 14, 2017

An enraged Tennessee woman allegedly tried to run her Republican congressman off the road over his vote to repeal Obamacare.

Wendi L. Wright, 35, faces charges of felony reckless endangerment after investigators said she trailed Congressman David Kustoff and his aide, Marianne Dunavant, down Highway 45 in Weakley County on May 8.

Wright reportedly followed the vehicle after it left a town hall on the UT Martin campus.

Wright allegedly chased the auto down the highway until it arrived at the house of a person the occupants were familiar with and pulled in the driveway.

Their concern prompted them to turn into the driveway of an acquaintance, but Wright followed. That's when Wright began screaming at them, striking their windows and reaching inside the auto.

Rep. David Kustoff, R-Tenn., participates in the House Financial Services Committee meeting to organize for the 115th Congress on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017.

"What she was saying was more cursing at the congressman and his aides", Sgt. Marty Plunk told WMC.

"I've been led to believe she was upset over a vote he had cast involving health care", Plunk said. "We promised the American people we would repeal and replace Obamacare, and today, the House voted to keep our word and provide relief".

"I voted for the American Health Care Act because our current health care system is failing Tennesseans", Kustoff said in a statement after his vote.

Wright was enraged by Kustoff's vote to repeal Obamacare.

"It's nearly not worth it, having insurance", Kustoff told WMC Action News 5 previous year.

Kustoff and Dunavant called 911 but by the time deputies arrived Wright had left. She was later arrested after she posted about the confrontation on Facebook.

Deputies say she was released after posting a $1,000 bond.