Angie Craig, D-Minn., is OK after a frightening attack on her and her family in the U.S. Capitol
Representative Angie Craig, D-Minn., is bruised but otherwise OK after fighting off an attacker in the elevator of her D.C. apartment building Thursday.
The attacker did not appear to have political motivations, according to Craig’s office, but it’s the latest in a string of violence against elected officials and their families, raising questions about the safety of serving in office.
A source familiar with the call said that the vice president called and wished Craig well. Harris told Craig to, “do what’s needed to take care of herself given the trauma.”
House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries condemned the attack, saying in a statement that “the House Democratic Caucus family is horrified” by what happened. “We are all very grateful that she is safe and recovering, but appalled that this terrifying assault took place.”
The congressman asked the Capitol Police and the House sergeant at arms to help ensure that his daughter and family are safe while they are in Washington.
The incident comes at a time of heightened concern over the safety of lawmakers and their families in the wake of the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol as well as more recent events like the high-profile attack on former Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband.
A Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and a Democratic Senator Christine Craig can explain the arrest of a suspected attacker in a Minneapolis neighborhood park
Police say the suspected assailant, 26-year-old Kendrick Hamlin, is in custody, charged with simple assault. Nick Coe, Craig’s chief of staff, said in a statement that the attack didn’t appear to be politically motivated.
The man then punched Craig on the chin and grabbed her neck, according to the report. Craig told police she threw her hot coffee on the man, who then fled.
Police said they did not immediately find the attacker after searching the basement-level parking garage. A bulletin asking for public tips on his location offered a $1,000 reward.
Craig, 50, is serving her third term in Congress, representing Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District, just south of Minneapolis. She is co-chairwoman of the Congressional Equality Caucus.
On Thursday, fellow Minnesota Democrat, Sen.Amy klobuchar, said that Craig was not deterred from attending a meeting about her district.
Capitol Police does not always talk about security measures against members of Congress, even though they have increased.
The Senate overwhelmingly voted in favor of a funding package for Capitol Police in 2021.