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Dozens of elected Democrats still have their state and district
offices in pandemic mode, locking constituents out of their
taxpayer-funded government offices, a Washington Free Beacon
Across the country, American taxpayers—who foot the bill for
congressional district offices—attempting to visit their
representatives are greeted by signs that tell constituents the
government is locked to them. The Free Beacon in recent weeks
found that at least eight Democratic senators locked their
constituents out of their taxpayer-funded offices and that over
two dozen House Democrats' in-district offices around the
country are closed or inaccessible to constituents.
Meanwhile, many of the businesses surrounding them are
completely open. In Las Vegas, for example, work from home was
halted for city employees last March, and hospitality workers
show up daily to cater to the hordes of tourists who drive the
state's economy. Minutes from the bustling Las Vegas strip, Sen.
Catherine Cortez Masto (D., Nev.) has her government office
closed to visitors.
These findings indicate that Democrats' office closures extend
far beyond the U.S. Capitol, where a Free Beacon investigation
last month found dozens of offices shuttered. Democrats in
public statements have attempted to move past the pandemic, with
President Joe Biden using last month's State of the Union
address to urge Americans to get back to work.
The Democrats' office closures come as many elected officials
are campaigning in-person and criss-crossing the country for in-
person fundraisers. In New Hampshire, Sen. Maggie Hassan (D.)
regularly hosts in-person campaign events but has her office
closed due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, according
to a sign posted on her office door. Last month, she attended an
indoor campaign event alongside Rep. Chris Pappas (D., N.H.). A
Free Beacon source found Pappas's state offices also closed in
the middle of the workday.
Government spending disclosures show that Pappas's office spends
nearly $5,000 a month in rent for his district offices and an
additional $255 a month for "district office parking."
Pappas's office denied the office is closed, disputing that the
footage obtained by the Free Beacon from a Tuesday afternoon
during business hours shows a closed and locked office door. A
spokesman said the office was open for regular business hours on
the day the Free Beacon‘s source visited.
The source said the office is telling a "blatant lie."
"I rang the doorbell, hung out for three to four minutes, then
took the video," he said. "Why would the door be locked at 4:18
p.m. on a Tuesday if someone is there?"
In Cortez Masto's neighboring Arizona, Sen. Mark Kelly
(D.)—whose Washington, D.C., office was open when the Free
Beacon visited—had his Phoenix office closed and locked to
constituents during business hours. Despite his office closures,
Kelly has traveled for in-person fundraisers in San Francisco.
In 2020, Kelly spent $136,223.83 of taxpayer money on office
rent-related costs. His office told the Free Beacon that "our
Phoenix office has been open to the public and staffed in person
serving Arizonans" but would not say it was open five days a
week or during the entire workday.
Meanwhile, much of Arizona has been functioning as normal. Since
the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Doug Ducey (R.)
has said he expects his own staff to come into the office every
day "as long as they are healthy."
In Ohio, congressman Tim Ryan, who is running for Senate, had
his in-district office closed. He spent $81,957.91 on rent-
related costs last year. Despite Ryan keeping his Ohio office
closed, he says he is running a campaign based on looking
"people in the eye, tell[ing] them I give a damn about them."
Even though his constituent office was closed, Ryan told local
reporters that he is busy campaigning in-person.
"We're going to see people everywhere, meeting them and learning
about their communities and what the opportunities are in these
communities," Ryan said last month.
Hassan's and Ryan's offices did not respond to requests for
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) recently extended proxy voting
in the House, which a Free Beacon analysis confirmed is
regularly abused by Democratic members of Congress who claim
they need proxy voters due to the coronavirus while they travel
the country for political fundraisers and events with Biden.
According to the Free Beacon analysis, Ryan proxy-voted dozens
of times while he held in-person campaign events across Ohio.
Republicans are already using Democratic office closures, first
reported by the Free Beacon, to make the case to voters that
Democrats aren't working for the American people. Cortez Masto's
likely Republican opponent, former Nevada attorney general Adam
Laxalt, used Free Beacon footage of her closed Washington, D.C.,
office in a digital campaign targeting the absentee senator. His
campaign is also targeting Cortez Masto with a microsite,
In Colorado, Republican Senate candidate Joe O'Dea used Free
Beacon footage of Sen. Michael Bennet's (D.) closed D.C. office
to argue it's time to close Bennet's office for good. It's not
just Bennet's office in the Capitol that's closed, however. His
taxpayer-funded constituent office in Denver is closed "until
further notice" because of the "recent increase of COVID-19
cases." O'Dea told the Free Beacon that "the working people of
this country, the people I'm going to represent in Washington,
never stopped working."
Bennet's office told the Free Beacon that the sign from January
telling Coloradans that Bennet's Denver office is closed has
been taken down. Cortez Masto's office similarly told a local
journalist that signs outside her offices that told Nevadans her
team is still teleworking "were mistakenly left up" for months.
Her office told the Free Beacon that despite her office
closures, she has kept working.
The Free Beacon found that the offices of other Democrats,
including Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas) and Cortez Masto's
fellow Nevada senator, Jacky Rosen, were open to the public and
Update, April 8, 11:06 a.m.: A previous version of this story
stated that the district office of Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney
(D., N.Y.) was closed. Though a front door to the Newburgh,
N.Y., building where his office is located is locked, there is a
side entrance and a spokeswoman for Maloney says the office is
open and staffed. We regret the error.
Published under: Catherine Cortez Masto, Maggie Hassan, Mark
Kelly, Michael Bennet, Pandemic, Sean Patrick Maloney, Tim Ryan