Tommy Tuberville, in Washington this week as he campaigns for Alabama’s U.S. Senate election, ignored the city’s orders for people visiting from states with COVID-19 outbreaks to quarantine, The Washington Post reported.
The city requires “nonessential” visitors from Alabama and other states designated as coronavirus hotspots to self-quarantine for 14 days.
A photo posted to Facebook by Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas, showed the congressman and Tuberville in the lobby of the Trump International Hotel on Tuesday night. Neither was wearing a mask.
Tuberville won the GOP nomination for the Senate earlier this month, defeating former Sen. Jeff Sessions in a runoff. He faces freshman Democrat Doug Jones in the Nov. 3 election.
Alexandra Kendrick, president of the Republican fundraising group High Cotton Consulting, sent emails offering personal meetings with Tuberville in Washington from early Tuesday afternoon through Thursday, the Post reported.
Tuberville’s campaign manager, Paul Shashy, told al.com that the quarantine order did not apply to the Alabama Republican.
“The D.C. Democrat mayor’s order specifically applies only to nonessential travel, and Coach Tuberville was not up there sightseeing,” according to Shashy’s statement. “Coach was working hard to help determine the direction of this nation for the next several years, return some sanity to the U.S. Congress, and make sure Alabama has a U.S. senator who represents Alabama values, not New York values or California values. If you don’t think those things (should) be considered essential and important work, then there’s no convincing you otherwise.”
A spokeswoman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee told the Post that Tuberville is “ignoring medical experts because he’s more focused on raising campaign cash in Washington than doing what’s right.”
Shashy, in the statement to al.com, questioned media coverage of Tuberville and whether Jones goes into self-quarantine when in Washington.
Members of Congress are not subject to the Washington quarantine order.