Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) traveled from Wisconsin to Washington, DC, after announcing she was diagnosed with COVID-19 just six days ago, in order to help secure Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as House speaker for another term.
Moore tweeted on December 28, “I tested positive for COVID-19. I am following guidance from my doctor and am isolating from others. I am thankful to be feeling well. And I do not foresee this disrupting my work for Wisconsin’s Fourth.”
I tested positive for COVID-19. I am following guidance from my doctor and am isolating from others. I am thankful to be feeling well. And I do not foresee this disrupting my work for Wisconsin’s Fourth.
— Rep. Gwen Moore (@RepGwenMoore) December 28, 2020
She spoke to local news station WISN 12 on December 30, confirming that she was in Wisconsin when she was diagnosed.
She told the station, “I have had great medical care, through Froedtert Hospital, and they have taken very good care of me. The moment that I got my diagnosis, the interventions were in place right away.” Froedtert Hospital is located in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.
However, she announced just six days later on Sunday afternoon that she was cleared to travel.
“Thank you all for the well wishes. I am feeling good! My quarantine is over and I am medically cleared to travel and work on behalf of Wisconsin’s Fourth Congressional District,” she tweeted.
Thank you all for the well wishes. I am feeling good! My quarantine is over and I am medically cleared to travel and work on behalf of Wisconsin’s Fourth Congressional District.
— Rep. Gwen Moore (@RepGwenMoore) January 3, 2021
It is not clear exactly when Moore traveled to D.C. and how.
Just a few hours later, Moore was in the Capitol, interacting with other members and journalists. Huffington Post’s Matt Fuller tweeted that Moore gave another member an “elbow bump”:
Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), who tested positive for coronavirus on Dec. 28th, just voted from the House floor and gave Jim Langevin an elbow bump.
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) January 3, 2021
Moore also interacted with journalists, including The Hill‘s Olivia Beavers, telling her that she has not received a negative COVID-19 test after she tested positive and said she had followed CDC guidelines to quarantine for two weeks:
@RepGwenMoore told me outside House floor that she hasn’t received a negative Covid test after she announced last week she had tested positive, but says she has followed CDC guidelines to quarantine for 2 weeks + she has listened to advice of her doc who said she could come today
— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) January 3, 2021
Moore was seen on the House floor sitting in the front row, according to C-SPAN’s Craig Caplan:
Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Gwen Moore, who was recently in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19, was on the House floor today in the front row voting in the 117th Congress House Speaker election for Nancy Pelosi. pic.twitter.com/P9deM9OhW6
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) January 3, 2021
USA Today‘s Christal Hayes tweeted that Moore was showing up six days after she announced a COVID diagnosis, despite the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines recommending a quarantine of at least ten days for those testing positive:
Rep. Gwen Moore announced on Dec. 28 she tested positive for COVID-19 — SIX days ago.
D.C. coronavirus guidance says a person should quarantine for AT LEAST 10 days, even if you do not show symptoms https://t.co/zd40zn4mJt https://t.co/6SG6rSJVSg
— Christal Hayes (@Journo_Christal) January 3, 2021
A number of Republicans slammed Pelosi for allowing Moore to vote despite a COVID-19 diagnosis in order to ensure Pelosi’s election as House speaker.
Pelosi is putting the public’s health at risk to keep herself in power. https://t.co/c3tb8MZE3Q
— Congressman Ken Buck (@RepKenBuck) January 3, 2021
Republican freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-GA) tweeted, “.@SpeakerPelosi changed the COVID rules because she is desperate to cling to the gavel”:
.@SpeakerPelosi changed the COVID rules because she is desperate to cling to the gavel.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) January 3, 2021
She also tweeted, “Democrats shut down this country, and businesses, churches, schools, force masks, and ruin millions of Americans lives. But it’s ok with @SpeakerPelosi to walk #COVID19 positive members in the House so she can get her precious votes to be Speaker?”
So let me get this straight.
Democrats shut down this country, and
and ruin millions of Americans lives.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) January 3, 2021
National Republican Senatorial Committee adviser Matthew Whitlock tweeted:
Pelosi allowing Dems who JUST tested positive for COVID days ago in to vote (because her Speakership is on the line) is a great reminder that Dems see the virus and virus safety measures as a political tool to weaponize or ignore based on their political needs of the moment.
Pelosi allowing Dems who JUST tested positive for COVID days ago in to vote (because her Speakership is on the line) is a great reminder that Dems see the virus and virus safety measures as a political tool to weaponize or ignore based on their political needs of the moment. https://t.co/ByYkBz7Atk
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) January 3, 2021
With Democrats losing 13 seats in the House in the November elections and only having a ten-seat margin over Republicans, she needed to secure as many Democrat votes as possible with no more than six defections. In 2018, there were 15 defections.
During Sunday’s vote, there were two defections from Reps. Jared Golden (D-ME) and Conor Lamb (D-PA). Despite threats from progressives, Pelosi ultimately won reelection with 216 votes — less than a majority of the House. Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) received 209 votes.
Rep. Bruce Westerman tweeted, “Looks like @SpeakerPelosi‘s proxy voting and remote hearing measures are only essential when her leadership position isn’t on the line.”
— Rep. Bruce Westerman (@RepWesterman) January 3, 2021
Moore tweeted to Trump in October to “stay home” due to surging cases of COVID:
.@realDonaldTrump, Wisconsin had to open a new *hospital* because of the record surges in COVID-19 cases.
Is that not enough for you to stay home? https://t.co/SWOi1qIPsP
— Rep. Gwen Moore (@RepGwenMoore) October 16, 2020
She has also tweeted in November that Wisconsinites should “stay home whenever possible.”
Wisconsin: we must do everything we can to fight COVID. Please wear a mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and stay home whenever possible. https://t.co/AQJAOOYNCW pic.twitter.com/kAEpvkmK2v
— Rep. Gwen Moore (@RepGwenMoore) November 17, 2020
If Moore did follow CDC guidelines to isolate herself for ten days, that would mean she first experienced symptoms or was tested on or before December 23 but did not tell the public for five days — until December 28.