Multiple Democratic Texas lawmakers became infected with the deadly disease after fleeing to the nation’s capitol.
The Texas House Democratic Caucus confirmed three state delegates, who went to Washington in protest of Republican-sponsored voting reform, tested positive for the Chinese Communist Party Virus (CCP Virus).
The first caucus member was diagnosed with the CCP Virus on July 16 and, the following day, another two received positive test results after doing the rapid test. All three were fully vaccinated before being infected according to the Washington Examiner.
Several more Democrats and their staff tested negative to the same test.
“The House Democratic Caucus is following all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and protocols,” caucus chairman Chris Turner said in a statement obtained by the paper. “This is a sober reminder that COVID (CCP Virus) is still with us and, though vaccinations offer tremendous protection, we still must take necessary precautions.”
The caucus said CDC guidelines state fully vaccinated people, exposed to someone testing positive, “do not need to take any additional precautions unless they are showing symptoms.”
“We are in touch with public health experts in Texas to provide additional guidance,” Turner said. “Our caucus will follow all recommendations from public health experts as we continue our work.”
The remarks came after some state delegates met with Vice President Kamala Harris and other congressional Democratic leaders like Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Harris’s office rejected any suggestion that fellow party members put their lives at risk, according to Reuters.
Spokeswoman Symone Sanders claimed none of the Texas Democrats came in direct contact with the vice president. Even if they did, Harris and her team would not be legally required to be tested or quarantined, because they are all fully vaccinated.
Schumer’s office separately confirmed none of the Texas lawmakers, who tested positive for the CCP Virus, came into direct contact with the senator or his staff.
About 60 out of 67 Texas House Democrats left the Lone Star State on July 12, to prevent the GOP-controlled House from enacting an election-integrity bill. Democratic lawmakers call the proposed legislation a form of voter suppression.
State Republicans slammed their Democratic counterparts for taking selfies aboard chartered planes without wearing face masks. The Transportation Security Administration requires that all commercial airline passengers do so, regardless of whether are vaccinated.
“Hope that virtue signaling was worth it, guys,” Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) said on Twitter. “As usual–massive fail!”
Three of the self-imposed Texas Democrat fugitives have contracted COVID-19.— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) July 17, 2021
Looks like they now will all need to be in quarantine.
Hope that virtue signaling was worth it, guys!
As usual – massive fail!
The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) accused Texas Democrats of hypocritically supporting face mask mandates while failing to practise what they preach.
“Texas House Democrats already harmed their constituents by abandoning their jobs and halting critical legislation, and now we learn that their hypocritical maskless private jet excursion may have put others at risk,” RSLC president Dee Duncan said in a statement to the Washington Examiner. “They must be held accountable for their actions, and the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee should apologize for encouraging their behavior.”
RSLC recently launched a digital and text advertising campaign, urging state Democrats to “get back to work.” The ads want the lawmakers to return to Austin in-time for a special legislative session that ends on Aug. 6.
However, the Democratic caucus does not appear to be going anywhere soon.
“[We] will, and ask others to, respect the privacy of members and their personal health,” the caucus said in a statement. “The caucus will provide updates as warranted.”
CCP Virus ‘breakthrough’ cases are becoming increasingly common. The pandemic has already killed 151 fully vaccinated people in Illinois, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. At 500 people had been hospitalized at the time of publication.
Nationally, ‘breakthrough’ infections climbed 70 percent in the past week, with mortality jumping 26 percent.