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Sens. Blumenthal and Murphy self-isolate after CT governor’s aide positive for COVID
HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut’s two U.S. senators were self-isolating Saturday after a member of Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont’s staff tested positive for COVID-19.
Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy each tweeted Saturday that they had not had close contact with the staffer but were taking the step out of an abundance of caution.
Lamont’s chief spokesperson, Max Reiss, identified himself as the senior staff member who had tested positive in a release posted to Twitter on Friday. Reiss wrote he wasn’t sure how or where he had contracted the virus.
Murphy tweeted Saturday that he had “attended an event yesterday with the Governor but was not in close contact with the staff member who tested positive. Out of an abundance of caution, though, I am isolating until I get tested and consult with the Office of Attending Physician Monday morning.”
Blumenthal tweeted Saturday afternoon that he had “just returned from being tested myself and am currently self-isolating.”
– The Associated Press
GOP lawmakers reject elector plot
Republican leaders in Michigan and three other critical states won by President-elect Joe Biden say they won’t participate in a legally dubious scheme to flip their state’s electors to vote for President Donald Trump. Their comments effectively shut down a half-baked plot some Republicans floated as a last chance to keep Trump in the White House.
State GOP lawmakers in Michigan, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have all said they would not intervene in the selection of electors, who ultimately cast the votes that secure a candidate’s victory. Such a move would violate state law and a vote of the people, several noted.
“I do not see, short of finding some type of fraud — which I haven’t heard of anything — I don’t see us in any serious way addressing a change in electors,” said Rusty Bowers, Arizona’s Republican House speaker.
Bowers said he’s been inundated with emails pleading for the legislature to intervene. “They are mandated by statute to choose according to the vote of the people,” he said.
The idea loosely involves GOP-controlled legislatures dismissing Biden’s popular vote wins in their states and opting to select Trump electors. While the endgame was unclear, it appeared to hinge on the expectation that a conservative-leaning Supreme Court would settle any dispute over the move.
Still, it has been promoted by Trump allies, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and is an example of misleading information and false claims fueling skepticism among Trump supporters about the integrity of the vote.
– Bob Christie and Nicholas Riccardi, The Associated Press
Ex-GOP Sen. Jeff Flake tweets reality, says ‘the president lost’
Former Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who has been a staunch critic of President Donald Trump including during his time in the Senate, tweeted Friday that the GOP has a bright future in Arizona, if they accept the election results and that move forward for the sake of the country.
“The Republican Party can have a bright future in Arizona if we accept that the election was not ‘stolen.’ The President lost,” Flake tweeted. “If we move beyond conspiracy theories and debate issues again, the country will benefit — and so will our party.”
Arizona elected Democrat Mark Kelly to the U.S. Senate over Republican incumbent Martha McSally. The historically red state also turned blue for the presidency, voting for President-elect Joe Biden.
Flake told Fox News on Saturday that “all indications are” Trump is “going to ride this out” when asked if…