And it gets worse:
On March 8, Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., announced he and several staff members had gone into self-quarantine after an extended conversation with a man who later revealed he had contracted COVID-19. The contact came at a conservative conference in the Washington, D.C., area. CPAC)
Later in March, Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., also went into self-quarantine after one of his staff members tested positive for the coronavirus. The staffer recovered.
In June, Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz., attended President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla. At least a half-dozen campaign workers preparing the event and two members of the Secret Service tested positive for the coronavirus, and the city later faced a swell of cases that local health officials said was likely connected to the event.
In July, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., attended a news conference with the House Freedom Caucus that he leads that included Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., who later tested positive.
Gosar and Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., are also members of the Natural Resources Committee and attended the same hearing as Grijalva and Gohmert.
Biggs, Lesko and Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Ariz., attended the Judiciary Committee hearing that included Gohmert.
All of the above reminds me of the Darwin Awards.
The stupidity of the Republican Party has already cost thousands of Republican voters to lose their lives, and even Republican leaders are going to fall by the wayside. Herman Cain was only the first, and more will follow.
The only bright side of Gohmert's infection is that he has managed to piss off large numbers of people who work in the Capitol building.
The revelation Wednesday that Texas Republican Louie Gohmert, a renegade lawmaker known for stalking the halls of Congress without a mask, tested positive for Covid-19 has unleashed a fusillade of anger on Capitol Hill — a sudden release of built-up tension over how the institution has dealt with the coronavirus pandemic within the confines of its own workplace.
For months, the leaders of Congress have allowed lawmakers to enter the Capitol without being screened for the deadly virus, rejecting an offer from the White House to provide rapid testing while trusting that the thousands who work across the massive complex of offices, meeting rooms and hallways will behave responsibly.
Congress is often buffeted by waves of popular discontent from voters, but what’s happened in recent days has the makings of a historical anomaly: The backlash is coming from the anonymous staff and members who make the place run day to day but are typically accustomed to being told to know their place and accepting that without complaint.
Many described feeling uncomfortable taking the very kinds of health steps recommended by public health experts, and feeling pressured to report to work in person despite the risks. Multiple aides said it was common to mock those wearing masks, or brush off concerns among staff members with specific health issues.
Others recalled seeing aides avoid taking elevator rides with certain members out of fear of contracting the virus — an almost unheard-of reversal of the usual dynamics of power in a place teeming with ambition and hierarchy.
An administrative staffer who often visits multiple offices estimated that mask wearing was “nearly universal in Democratic offices” but was “probably under 50 percent” among Republicans.
Part of the problem is the scattershot human resources system spread across the Capitol complex. There is no centralized HR department — each of the 535 lawmakers and senators is his or her own employer, with their own set of office policies and protocols.
At least 86 Capitol workers have tested positive for coronavirus, according to a House aide familiar with the data. That includes 25 Architect of the Capitol employees, 28 Capitol police officers and 33 people working on the renovation of the Cannon building. But reporting is voluntary and doesn’t include data for House staffers or lawmakers who have tested positive.
Democrats think the best solution is to fully enforce current policies, including the new mask mandate. If a member refuses to wear a mask on the House floor or in the connected office buildings and brushes off several warnings to do so, it is much more likely he or she will be escorted from the area until complying, according to Democratic aides familiar with the policy.