The Arizona Legislature will close “with extreme caution” after President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuloni, exposed several Republican lawmakers to COVID-19.
The President announced Giuliani tested positive for the virus Within a week of the former New York City mayor’s visit to Arizona on Sunday afternoon as part of a multistate tour aimed at running in the 2020 election results. The 76-year-old was later admitted to Georgetown University Medical Center.
Giuliani spent more than 10 hours Discusses election concerns With members of the Arizona Republicans – two members of Congress and at least 13 current and future state legislators – at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix event last Monday. He led the crowd without a mask and posed for photos in defiance of social distance guidelines.
Legislators’ social media records show that Giuliani had a private meeting with Republican legislators and lawmakers the next day.
Democrat lawmakers noted Sunday evening that some delegates attending the Hyatt event attended an orientation for new legislators later in the week, exposing additional legislators and Capitol staff.
Following those reports, D-Marivale, sen. Martin Cusada called the chain of possible expression “the abstract of COVID-19 irresponsibility.” Addressing Republican lawmakers, he said, “You owe it to yourself to be better than the people who work in the Capitol buildings.”
Later Sunday evening, Trump’s team issued a statement saying that Giulani had tested negative before leaving for Arizona and that “he had not experienced any symptoms for more than 48 hours since he returned or tested positive for Covit-19.”
People with COVID-19 may get a negative test result at the beginning of the virus’ incubation period, which lasts 3-14 days. It is not clear when Giuliani emerged.
GOP lawmakers were mostly silent about the Arizona consequences of Giuliani’s diagnosis on Sunday evening, although a few tweeted congratulations.
State Representative Jeff Wenger, R-Chandler made an exception, tweeting: “Stop Govt politics for loud pressing.”
“Some of you should take it more seriously than you take it,” he wrote. “Some of you are actually trolling Twitter, believing you can take advantage of news about others.”
Minutes later, State Representative Orlando Teller, de-Cinley, announced that his mother had died of COVID-19. Teller has also been hospitalized for several days with a viral infection.
Hearing, private meetings refer to many hours of expressions
Following Trump’s re-election attempt, Giuliani began to question the integrity of the electoral system, calling it widespread fraud.
U.S. Representatives Paul Koser and Andy Pix attended Giuliani’s Phoenix meeting, sitting behind Giuliani.
State Sense. David Cowan, Sonny Borelli and Sylvia Allen and delegates. Mark Pinchem, Brett Roberts, Nancy Bardot, Leo Biosci, David Cook and Kelly Townsend sat in a group at the front of the room. A few other GOP legislators were in the audience.
All the hours that Giuliani asks the question – how could they have infiltrated the non-sworn elections and why they thought the election results in Arizona might have been compromised.
Also in attendance were some of the GOP legislators scheduled to take office next month, including elected representatives Judy Burgess and Senator-elect Wendy Rogers. Audience members were spread out, but a photo released by the Republican Party of Arizona showed several participants, including Giuliani and Trump legal adviser Jenna Ellis, close to a group photo.
On Tuesday, Giuliani met with Republican lawmakers including House Speaker Rusty Bowers, House Majority Leader Warren Peterson, Senate Speaker Karen von, Senate Majority Leader Rick Gray and Sense. According to Michael Ugenti-Rita and Vince Leach, Leach and Peterson.
R-Globe spokesman Cook said on Sunday that he and his family had tested negative for COVID-19 on Thursday and felt “well”. It was not immediately clear if any other Republicans who had rubbed Giuliani on the shoulders had been tested or isolated after Giuliani’s diagnosis.
Trump’s team said no state legislator or press member was “on the contact tracking list.”
Those with COVID-19 who are under six feet are advised to isolate for a total of 15 minutes or more.
Orientation may have exposed others
Sen of De-Green Valley said the three newly elected legislators who attended the Hyatt meeting attended the new membership orientation for legislators late last week. Said Andrea Talesandro.
He said only one Republican representative who attended the meeting wore the mask.
In a tweet Sunday night, Talesandro wrote that he was “not feeling well” but planned to “stay home and get tested this weekend.”
Several Democrats responded to the news late Sunday, calling for a Phoenix representative Jennifer Langdon Hyatt event, which resulted in the revelation being “incredibly irresponsible.”
Duson Sen. Victoria Steel tweeted: “This is not negligence. It is intentional, intentional, dangerous to others.
Meanwhile, Trump’s election lawyer Ellis Capitol called the closure “absolutely unnecessary,” retweeting a post from a conservative cable anchor opposing the House spokesman, saying “his members need an excuse for being angry about why he refuses to call a session and refuses to investigate his frauds.”
“Call Rusty Powers on AZ and tell him not to use COVID as an excuse !!” Ellis wrote.
The Arizona Republican simply tweeted: “Go back to work, Rusty!”
Six state lawmakers have publicly declared positive COVID-19 tests since the outbreak began. Two have been hospitalized, including Teller, and at least two have lost relatives to the virus.
Includes reporting from USA Today and Arizona Republican Reporter Ryan Randasso.