Accused Pelosi stalker’s mother blames Fox News for son’s aberrant behavior

The mother of the man accused of a series of more than four dozen often threatening phone calls to the offices and home of US Senator Nancy Pelosi has blamed Fox News and others with “radical” political points of view for leading her 48 year old son astray.

Gregory Giusti’s 83 year old mother said he’d long had what she described as mental problems but did not think he was emotionally capable of carrying through on his violent threats against Pelosi and others.

San Francisco TV station KGO-TV quoted Eleanor Giusti:

“Greg frequently gets in with a group of people that have really radical ideas and that are not consistent with myself or the rest of the family, which gets him into problems,” Eleanor Giusti said. “I say Fox News, or all of those that are really radical, and he, that’s where he comes from.”

KGO-TV also provides more detail on Giusti’s run ins with the law and his campaign of harassment against the Baptist church he was forced to leave in 2005:

In 2004, Giusti was convicted of criminal threats. The San Mateo District Attorney’s office says he was trying to evade the fare on a Caltrain, and when the conductor tried to kick him off, Giusti started yelling and threatening the conductor’s life. As a result, Giusti was sentenced to one year in county jail and three years supervised probation. He was also ordered to undergo mental health counseling.

There is also a lawsuit filed in February by Hamilton Square Baptist Church in San Francisco. It says, “Giusti has engaged in and continues to engage in a campaign of harassment” against people at the church.

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Right wing anti-government activist who threatened Pelosi lived in federally subsidized housing.

The conservative, anti-government activist who attended tea party events and protests and who was recently arrested for a long series of threats to US Senator Barbara Boxer was plenty mad at free-spending big government — but that didn’t stop him from taking advantage of federally subsidized housing intended for the disadvantaged.

Turns out that 48 year old Gregory Lee Giusti wasn’t just mad at the liberal California Democrat.

In fact, it was another victim of his tirades and threats that helped authorities get the goods on Giusti — or rather victims, plural. In this case, it was the Baptist Church Giusti joined in 1999 but was asked to leave in 2005 because of menacing behavior. He’s apparently been harassing them in a series of anonymous phone calls over the last five years. So when the feds were looking into at least four dozen calls to Pelosi’s home and offices and found numerous calls from Giusti to officials with the church, they discovered yet another faced of the complex Mr Giusti’s activities.

Oh yeah, and he was also arrested in 2004 for threatening to kill a conductor after being removed from a train in San Mateo.

But, really, the cherry on top has got to be that Giusti, railing bitterly about big government, was the recipient of federal housing aid.

Sweet.

Get the whole ludicrous — but scary — story at the San Francisco Chronicle.