Southern Reps. react to D.C. shooting

Southern Reps. react to D.C. shooting

By Hastings Wyman –

The shootings at the Republican practice for the annual baseball game between Republican and Democratic members of Congress included many Southerners.  In addition to Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), Zachary Barth, an aide to US Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) was shot.  Two physicians, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) helped the victims until ambulances arrived.

The shooter, identified as a Bernie Sanders supporter, “was there to kill as many Republicans as possible,” US Rep. Mike Walker (R-NC) told a reporter.

Reactions to the shootings included US Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA), who said members were likely to rethink Town Hall meetings.  Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said, “One thing I hope we’ll do is just watch our words a little bit.”