Dem House Rep Who Sat Near Gohmert Tests COVID+

Dem House Rep Who Sat Near Gohmert Tests COVID+

NBC News reports:

Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., said Saturday he tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the second lawmaker this week to announce they had contracted the virus.

Grijalva said in a statement that he did not have any symptoms and felt fine. On Wednesday, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, who has refused to wear a mask around the Capitol, tested positive for the virus shortly before he was expected to travel with President Donald Trump to Texas.

Grijalva had attended a a hearing of the Natural Resources Committee with Gohmert on Tuesday. During the hearing Gohmert was at times seen without a face covering, sitting in close proximity to other lawmakers including Grijalva.

Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva said he tested positive for the coronavirus days after he sat close to another member of the House, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, who also tested positive. Grijalva is at least the 11th member of Congress to have tested positive. https://t.co/bb6Ej8miQg

— The Associated Press (@AP) August 1, 2020

How the COVID roulette wheel spins. As Rep. Louie Gohmert started speaking & spewing virus particles, Chairman Grijalva who just tested positive was in the middle next to Louie. The empty chair to the right was me, but I had just stepped into the next room for a sandwich. pic.twitter.com/hxRWHU7LZD

— Rep. Jared “Please Wear a Mask” Huffman (@JaredHuffman) August 1, 2020

This is infuriating. Grijalva chairs the committee investigating the clearing of Lafayette Square. He wanted his hearing to be via video. The Trump administration said it wouldn’t cooperate unless Grijalva flew from Arizona to DC to appear in person. 1/6https://t.co/6h1XT9Si1Y

— Radley Balko (@radleybalko) August 1, 2020

Given his comorbidities, Grijalva and his staff told me they saw this as a childish taunt — a dare. He agreed anyway, because he thought investigating what happened is important.

Guess who else is on that committee, and attended the hearing in person?

Louie Gohmert.

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— Radley Balko (@radleybalko) August 1, 2020

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