Republican Senator Rand Paul announced today that he’s tested positive for the coronavirus. He’s feeling fine, he has no symptoms, and he has no idea where he caught it from. However, it appears he exposed a group of his fellow GOP Senators to the virus before he knew he had it.
Rand Paul had a working lunch with Mitt Romney and an unnamed group of other Republican Senators on Friday, according to the New York Daily News. Paul has no way of knowing when he caught it, because he’s never had any symptoms. But unless he caught it sometime after the lunch, he exposed Romney and the other Senators to it during the lunch.
Romney says he and the other Senators are now trying to determine their next steps, including a potential quarantine – and we presume they’ll all be tested as well. At this point it’s clear that Congress needs to be shut down for the safety of everyone involved. Measures need to be enacted so that Senators and Congressmembers can teleconference and vote from home. Romney is 73, and some other Senators are much older than that.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report