Congresswoman Assaulted in D.C. Elevator

Rep. Angie Craig, a Democrat from Minnesota, was involved in an elevator assault at her Washington, D.C. apartment building on Thursday morning.

According to a statement from her chief of staff, Nick Coe, Craig suffered bruises as a result of the attack but is otherwise physically okay.

She called 911 and the attacker fled the scene. The incident is not believed to be politically motivated and Craig has requested privacy at this time.

The quick response of the DC Metropolitan Police Department is appreciated, according to the statement. House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries also released a statement regarding the incident.

“We are all very grateful that she is safe and recovering, but appalled that this terrifying assault took place,” he said in a statement. 

Jeffries also requested the House Sergeant at Arms and U.S. Capitol Police work with Craig, her wife and their sons to ensure they are safe while in Washington and at their home in Minnesota.

Republicans and Democrats alike wished Craig well and for a quick recovery.

Craig was elected to Congress in 2018 to represent Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District, which is located south of St. Paul. 

The House on Thursday voted to adopt a resolution disapproving of a bill passed by the D.C. City that overhauls the district’s criminal laws. Mayor Muriel Bowser vetoed the proposal, but the city council overrode her veto. Craig was one of the 31 Democrats who voted with all Republicans in favor of the resolution condemning the new D.C. measure.

D.C.’s bill reduces the maximum sentences for some offenses such as carjackings and robberies, and eliminates most mandatory minimum sentences. The chief of the Metropolitan Police Department and top federal prosecutor for the District of Columbia objected to some of the plan’s provisions.

The assault on Craig comes as members of Congress are facing a high number of threats against them. The U.S. Capitol Police investigated roughly 7,500 cases of potential threats against lawmakers in 2022, the agency said, down from 9,600 cases in 2021 and 8,600 in 2020.

In October, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was attacked with a hammer at their home in San Francisco and suffered a fractured skull and injuries to his arms and hands. The suspect, David DePape, shouted “Where’s Nancy?” and told police he planned to hold her hostage and break her kneecaps.

To help address the surge in threats, Congress approved funding as part of a $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package to bolster security for members and on the Capitol grounds.

The measure includes $6 million for general expenses to support U.S. Capitol Police recommendations to enhance member protection, including through a security program for congressional leadership, as well as expanding services from the Dignitary Protection Division and expanding the Capitol Police’s field office presence. It also provided $2 million for salaries for Capitol Police to provide member security outside of Washington as warranted.

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    1. If the “people” are tired of the Democrats choices , they should vote to change them instead of using violence like the fascists, nazis and communist do.

      It is always a minority that wants to push their discordant views with violence when we have worked and fought hard for a system that allows change by popular choice.

  1. Democrats always choose to call for harm against the other party members! They need to be prosecuted to make a change.

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