By Sterling Mosley. Media: DC Enquirer.
Note: This article may contain commentary reflecting the author’s opinion.
On Thursday morning, Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN) was attacked in the elevator of her apartment complex in Washington D.C. The attack came just hours before the House of Representatives voted to repeal a recent bill passed by the D.C. City Council that would have lowered prison sentences for criminals.
“This morning around 7:15 a.m., Rep. Craig was assaulted in the elevator of her apartment building in Washington DC,” wrote Craig’s chief of staff. “Rep. Craig defended herself from the attacks and suffered bruising, but is otherwise physically okay.”
“Rep. Craig called 9-1-1 and the assailant fled the scene of the assault,” the statement read. “There is no evidence that the incident was politically motivated.”
“Rep. Craig is grateful to the DC Metropolitan Police Department for their quick response and asks for privacy at this time,” the statement concluded.
Luckily, Rep. Craig is alright and hopefully, the DC Metropolitan Police can catch the individual accountable. Craig was able to make it to the various votes on the House floor including the vote to repeal D.C.’s soft-on-crime policies.
As previously reported by the DC Enquirer, the bill passed by the DC City Council, which was passed in late January, would revamp the entire criminal code of the nation’s capitol and would go into effect in three years following Mayor Muriel Bowser’s signature. It would eliminate most mandatory minimum sentences and allow for jury trials for misdemeanors, as reported by The Washington Post.
The House resolution condemning the move by the federal district passed with 250 in favor and 173 against. Amongst those in favor were 219 Republicans alongside 31 Democrats. All those against the motion were members of the Democrat Party.
Rep. Craig voted in favor of House Resolution 26 and she clearly was able to pull 30 of her other Democrat colleagues along with her in support of the congressional action. However, the fact remains that a majority of her Democrat colleagues did vote against the repeal despite the attack on the Minnesota congresswoman earlier in the morning.
Democrats are willing to support radical soft-on-crime policies even when such policies lead to attacks like those that occurred to Rep. Craig this morning. It is a tragedy that Democrat representatives fail to act when even their own come under attack. Hopefully, Rep. Craig recovers swiftly and the suspect is brought to justice.