Politics Democratic Congressman, Who Tested Positive for COVID, Calls Out Mask-Less Republicans Who 'Strut' Around Capitol
Raul Grijalva: Arizona Democratic congressman tests positive for Covid-19
Arizona Democrat Rep. Raúl Grijalva has tested positive for coronavirus, his office confirmed Saturday. © MICHAEL REYNOLDS/AFP/POOL/Getty Images Chairman of the US House Natural Resources Committee, Democrat Raul Grijalva speaks during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on "The US Park Police Attack on Peaceful Protesters at Lafayette Square", on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 29, 2020. Grijalva "was notified by the (Capitol) attending physician yesterday evening that he has tested positive for Covid-19," his communications director, Geoff Nolan, told CNN on Saturday.
A Democratic congressman criticized Republican lawmakers for walking around Capitol Hill without face coverings in his announcement that he had tested positive for coronavirus.
Representative Raúl Grijalva of Arizona said in a statement Saturday that the Capitol's physician informed him he had tested positive for the disease, which has infected more than 4.5 million Americans since the crisis began earlier this year.
Congressman Raúl Grijalva tests positive for coronavirus
Grijalva's diagnosis comes after Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert tested positive earlier this week. Grijalva and Gohmert both attended a hearing by the House Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday. Grijalva is the chair of the committee. Gohmert had worn a mask infrequently on Capitol grounds, although he claimed Wednesday that he wore a mask more often in recent days."While I cannot blame anyone directly for this, this week has shown that there are some Members of Congress who fail to take this crisis seriously.
Grijalva, 72, wrote he would be following the doctor's recommendation to self-isolate in quarantine, adding that he was not currently feeling any symptoms and hopes to make a quick recovery.
Grijalva's diagnosis came shortly after Representative Louie Gohmert tested positive for coronavirus Wednesday. Gohmert, a Texas Republican, has frequently been seen walking around the Capitol without a mask.
Congressman who refused to wear a mask tests positive for COVID-19
Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, who refused to wear a mask in Congress, tests positive for COVID-19. Gohmert, 66, tested positive in a pre-screening procedure at the White House before he was scheduled to fly with President Donald Trump to Texas on Wednesday. Following his positive diagnosis, the representative returned to his Capitol Hill office to inform his staff, people familiar with the matter say.
Gohmert and Grijalva attended the same congressional hearing Tuesday and sat close together. Gohmert did choose to don a face covering during the hearing, except for when questioning the witnesses.
In his statement Saturday, Grijalva made sure to speak directly to his Republican colleagues.
"While I cannot blame anyone directly for this, this week has shown that there are some Members of Congress who fail to take this crisis seriously," Grijalva said. "Numerous Republican members routinely strut around the Capitol without a mask to selfishly make a political statement at the expense of their colleagues, staff, and their families."
Gohmert, who is also not currently experiencing any symptoms, recorded a statement in his Capitol Hill office Wednesday explaining his diagnosis of the "Wuhan virus." Gohmert assured the public that he had been wearing a mask more in the last one to two weeks than he had in the past four months.
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He said he had taken particular care since his wife is a nurse and cancer survivor.In a letter posted on his web site, Davis said he tested positive Wednesday morning. He submitted to the test after one of his twice-daily temperature checks “clocked in at 99 degrees Fahrenheit, which is higher than normal for me,” he wrote.
Newsweek contacted Grijalva and Gohmert's offices for further comment, but did not hear back in time for publication.
Grijalva is at least the 11th member of Congress who has tested positive for coronavirus. Other members include Senator Rand Paul, Representative Tom Rice and Representative Morgan Griffith.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday following Gohmert's positive diagnosis that all members of the House must wear masks while on the floor. Pelosi, a California Democrat, said she now has the authority to ask those who violate the order be removed.
Lawmakers were already required to wear masks while in House committee rooms, but some Republicans have continued to deny that order.
Grijalva said in his statement Saturday that he was happy with Pelosi's decision to require masks.
"I'm pleased that Speaker Pelosi has mandated the use of masks at the Capitol to keep members and staff safe from those looking to score quick political points," Grijalva said. "Stopping the spread of a deadly virus should not be a partisan issue."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, said Wednesday that a mask mandate in the Senate was unnecessary.
Appearing on PBS NewsHour following the news that Gohmert had tested positive, McConnell was asked about Pelosi's mask requirement for the House floor and if he would consider doing the same in the Senate.
"It appears not to be necessary since everybody seems to be doing it," McConnell said, adding that the Senate has "had good luck without a requirement," as many members have been wearing masks voluntarily.
Rep. Raúl Grijalva tests positive for COVID-19 .
Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) has tested positive for COVID-19 after being in Washington, D.C., this week, becoming the latest member of Congress to be diagnosed with the disease. © Greg Nash Rep. Raúl Grijalva tests positive for COVID-19 "While I cannot blame anyone directly for this, this week has shown that there are some Members of Congress who fail to take this crisis seriously," Grijalva said in a statement to the Arizona Republic.Grijalva, who is the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, had been self-quarantining at his D.C., residence this week after chairing a hearing attended by Rep.