Did Tribune Print Reader Threat to a Senator? "I Will Duel Him Until His or My Death"

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Raithel, 57, who grew up in St. Charles, tells us that he's really fed up with Schaefer, who has gotten a lot of attention recently for some of his pro-gun efforts, including his work to protect gun-owner privacy (tied to a Department of Revenue controversy).

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Senator Schaefer doing an interview.

"He wasn't this kind of nutjob when he got elected," says Raithel, who is currently unemployed and recently ran for a school board position.

Schaefer's latest gun campaign set Raithel off.

"Frankly, I don't get it," he says. "He was a moderately conservative Republican when he was elected.... What he is doing does not at all represent the interests of his constituents."

After referencing President Andrew Jackson's duels, Raithel tells us, "I'm as serious as I take him."

But, he adds, "It's his move."

We left a message with Schaefer's office this morning and will update if we hear back.

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