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Mainers Defend Man Accused of Threatening Obama 

Two people closest to a man charged with threatening to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama say he has no violent tendencies and would never have seriously threatened violence against anyone.

They say Raymond Hunter Geisel came to Florida from Maine earlier this year in hopes that taking a bail bondsman training course would put him on a pathway to a law enforcement career or some other vocation in which he could help people.

In a telephone interview from the sailboat home they share in the Florida Keys, Geisel’s girlfriend, 35-year-old Susanne Kynast, said Geisel would never hurt a person.

Richard Peer, a mentor and Catholic Charities caseworker who took Geisel into his home in Hampden, Maine, four years ago, made similar comments.

Geisel faces up to five years in federal prison if convicted of threatening Obama. The Secret Service arrested him last Saturday.