Illinois man threatened to kill GOP gubernatorial candidate and his family

Scott Lennox, 21, of Illinois, left a depraved voicemail last week for Republican gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey in which he threatened to ‘strip’ Bailey ‘alive’ and ‘feed her to her fucking family”. according to state prosecutors.

Last Friday, Lennox had a “heated argument” with his friends at a Chicago bar over pro-Bailey ads that made him “angry,” leading to the threatening voicemail, prosecutors say.

In the post, Lennox allegedly threatened to “cut Darren Bailey alive” and “feed him to his fucking family because he’s alive and screaming in pain.”

Lennox allegedly called Bailey a “piece of white racist s**t” in voicemail before claiming to know Bailey’s home address.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey, center, stands with his wife, Cindy Stortzum, and answers questions from reporters after winning the Republican gubernatorial primary, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Effingham, IL. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

“Honestly, if he doesn’t kill himself, I will. You know what? I know where he lives. I know where he sleeps. I know where his children sleep. And I know the f**k school he works at,” prosecutors said, Lennox said.

Lennox also reportedly added, “The candidate who teaches all this fucking misinformation is going to die. So honestly he should kill himself before anything else happens.

The voicemail continued:

So f**k him for being a piece of shit. So you know what? I will take whatever is possible. You know what? I will make him scream. I will make him scream and suffer. Yes, it’s true. So he better kill himself, and if he doesn’t, I’m going to kill him.

Schools affiliated with Bailey and her family have been placed on soft lockdown after the threats, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Law enforcement also reportedly gave Bailey extra security and advised her to avoid public appearances.

Lennox admitted to leaving the threatening voicemail shortly after his arrest Monday night, police said.

Bailey condemned the “misleading rhetoric” that fueled the threatening voicemail.

Bailey said in a statement:

Dividing, inflammatory and misleading rhetoric is fueling hatred in our state as some attempt to label political opponents dangerous threats. Whether we agree on the policies or not, we are all Americans. I pray that this young man gets the help he needs. We must bring our state together and fight for the security and prosperity of every Illinois.

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Susana Ortiz on Wednesday set Lennox’s bail at $75,000 and issued an order restraining him from contacting Bailey, his family and staff.

Jordan Dixon-Hamilton is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at or follow him on Twitter.

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