The Arizona legislature will shut down for a week “out of extreme caution” after President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani revealed several Republican lawmakers about COVID-19.
President announced Giuliani has tested positive for the virus Sunday afternoon, less than a week after the former New York City mayor visited Arizona as part of a multi-nation tour aimed at challenging the results of the 2020 elections. The 76-year-old was subsequently accepted into Georgetown University Medical Center.
Giuliani spent more than 10 hours Discuss election concerns With Arizona Republicans – including two congressmen and at least 13 current and future legislators – at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix last Monday. He led the meeting without a mask, violating social distancing and photo-taking guidelines.
Giuliani also met privately with Republican lawmakers and legislative leadership the following day, according to what lawmakers posted on social media.
Democratic lawmakers indicated Sunday evening that some of the elected representatives who attended a life event attended a directing of the new lawmakers later in the week, which could expose more lawmakers and Capitol employees.
Following these reports, Senator Martin Quesada, de Maryville, described the chain of potential exposure as “an example of COVID-19 irresponsibility.” “You owe it to the people who work on the Capitol buildings to be better than this,” he told Republican lawmakers.
Later on Sunday evening, Trump’s team released a statement saying Giuliani had tested negative before traveling to Arizona and “had not shown any symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19 until more than 48 hours after his return.”
People with COVID-19 can get a negative test result early in the virus’s incubation period, which ranges from 3-14 days. It remains unclear exactly when Giuliani was exposed.
Republican lawmakers were largely silent about the possible fallout from Giuliani’s diagnosis in Arizona on Sunday evening, although few tweeted good wishes.
State Rep. Jeff Winninger, R-Chandler, was an exception, tweeting: “To shout out loud, stop politicizing COVID.”
“Some of you need to take it more seriously than you take it,” he wrote. “And some of you are literally trolling on Twitter and hoping for news about others that you can benefit from.”
Minutes later, Rep. Orlando Teller, de Chenille, announced that his mother had passed away from COVID-19. Tiller also contracted the virus and was hospitalized for several days.
Hearings and private meetings mean hours of potential exposure
Giuliani began traveling the country, claiming widespread fraud and questioning the integrity of the electoral system, after Trump’s failed bid for re-election.
U.S. Representatives Paul Gossard and Andy Biggs attended Giuliani’s Phoenix meeting, and sat behind Giuliani.
Senators David Joan, Sonny Borrelli, Sylvia Allen and state representatives Mark Finchim, Brett Roberts, Nancy Bartow, Leo Piacciucci, David Cook and Kelly Townsend sat together on a billboard in the front of the room. A handful of Republican lawmakers attended.
Everyone spent hours listening to Giuliani questioning several “witnesses” – who were not placed under oath – about how the election was hacked and why they believed the Arizona election results had been compromised.
Some lawmakers from the Republican Party slated to take office next month have also attended, such as Representative-elect Jodi Burgess and elected Senator Wendy Rogers. Audience members spread out, but a photo released by the Arizona Republican Party showed several participants, including Giuliani and Trump’s legal advisor Gina Ellis, sprinting for a group photo.
On Tuesday, Giuliani met with more Republican lawmakers, including House Speaker Rusty Bowers, House Majority Leader Warren Petersen, Senate Speaker Karen Fan, Senate Majority Leader Rick Gray, Senator Michael Eugenti-Rita and Vince Leach, According to Leach and Petersen.
Representative Cook, R. Globe, said Sunday that he and his family had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus on Thursday and were feeling “fine.” It was not immediately clear whether any of the other Republicans who rubbed against Giuliani’s shoulders had been tested or were in quarantine after learning of Giuliani’s diagnosis.
The Trump team said there were no state legislators or members of the press “on the contact tracing list.”
U.S. Centers for Disease Control guidelines advise those who have been within six feet of someone with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more to quarantine.
The trend may have revealed others
At least three newly elected lawmakers who attended the Hayat meeting also attended a new member orientation for lawmakers late last week, according to Sen. Andrea D’Alessandro, D-Green Valley.
She said that only one Republican representative who attended the meeting was wearing a mask.
In a tweet Sunday night, D’Alessandro wrote that she is “not sick” but plans to “stay home and get tested later this week.”
Several other Democratic lawmakers reacted to the news late Sunday, with Rep. Jennifer Longdon of Phoenix described a life event and the resulting exposure as “incredibly irresponsible”.
Tucson Senator Victoria Steele tweeted: “This is not negligence. It is intentional, intentional and endangers others.”
Meanwhile, Trump’s election attorney, Ellis, described the Capitol shutdown as “absolutely unnecessary,” retweeting a post from a conservative telegram announcer arguing that the House Speaker “needs an excuse to give his angry voters about why he refused to hold a hearing and examine the fraud case.” . “
“Call Rusty Bowers from A to Z and tell him not to use COVID as an excuse !!” Ellis Books.
The Arizona Republican simply tweeted, “Get back to work, Rusty!”
Six state lawmakers have publicly reported positive results for the COVID-19 virus since the start of the pandemic. Including Teller, two have been hospitalized and at least two have lost relatives to the virus.
Includes reports from USA Today and Arizona Republic correspondent Ryan Randazzo.