Rep. Gerry Connolly Condemns ‘Unconscionable’ Baseball Bat Attack on His Staff

Two members of U.S. Congressman Gerry Connolly’s staff were hospitalized Monday after a man armed with a baseball bat attacked them in the Virginia Democrat’s district office in Fairfax.

“This morning, an individual entered my district office armed with a baseball bat and asked for me before committing an act of violence against two members of my staff. The individual is in police custody and both members of my team were transferred to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries,” Connolly said in a statement.

“Right now, our focus is on ensuring they are receiving the care they need,” the congressman continued. “We are incredibly thankful to the City of Fairfax Police Department and emergency medical professionals for their quick response.”

“I have the best team in Congress. My district office staff make themselves available to constituents and members of the public every day,” Connolly added. “The thought that someone would take advantage of my staff’s accessibility to commit an act of violence is unconscionable and devastating.”

While the motive of Monday’s assault is not yet clear, it came amid increasingly violent rhetoric and threats targeting Democratic members of Congress and people close to them. Last October, a far-right conspiracy theorist broke into the San Francisco home of then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and brutally attacked her octagenarian husband Paul Pelosi with a hammer.

That came after an armed man threatened to kill Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) at her Seattle home last July. In a Washington Post story about that incident, the congresswoman also shared the racist, misogynistic, and violent messages she receives on social media.

 

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