Senator Collins and husband talk about threatening letter

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - The Bangor home of Senator Susan Collins was surrounded by law enforcement for hours Monday following the delivery of a letter that said it contained the dangerous toxin, ricin.

Tuesday afternoon, Brian Sullivan spoke with the Senator and her husband about what happened...

They offered some insight into Tuesday's incident and what, if anything, they'll change moving forward.

"This was different because although we've received numerous threats, and as has my staff, this was different because it mentioned a specific poison and said that the letter was impregnated with the poison," said Collins on Tuesday.

Senator Collins was working in Washington Monday when her husband, Thomas Daffron, called to tell her about the letter he'd just opened.

"About 1 o'clock, I went and picked up the mail like I do most days," said Daffron. "I walked back in the kitchen, separated Susan's out and threw the rest of the junk mail away, and I open this one letter which was addressed to me, and I thought it was some kind of a solicitation or something, and I started reading it, and it was fairly antagonistic toward Susan and got halfway down and I saw the word ricin, that there was ricin residue on this letter. So I took it out. I put it in a plastic bag and called the police."

"Tom sent me pictures and I saw all these people in Hazmat suits coming in and out of the house," said Collins. "He was wearing one. And I learned that he, our dog, and parts of our house, including the kitchen, were quarantined. And obviously it was of considerable concern to me".

Daffron says the letter made reference to the Kavanaugh vote - an issue that landed Collins in the national spotlight.

"I mean there's absolutely no reason to have this level of vitriol over a single vote," he said. "I think that we've been sort of surprised by the very strong feelings on both sides. We have to...this is our home. We want to live here, we want to live our life like everybody else. And you know if we have to worry about every car that goes down the street, then it becomes a very difficult situation."

We asked the Senator, are you going to keep living your life the way that you do?

"Absolutely," she said. "I would not back down for a moment and live my life differently. I will not live in fear. I will not be intimidated. I'm going to continue to do what I think is right for the people of the state whom I work very hard for him and for our nation."

Collins and Daffron said that they did receive an update on the investigation from the FBI on Tuesday. They couldn't offer any specifics about zeroing in on a suspect - just that things are still on going, and the couple will continue to live their lives the way they have been.