Kinzinger says he wasn't at Capitol for Jan. 6 anniversary because 'I'm on baby watch'

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerClyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' The fates of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump Republican rep who voted to impeach Trump running for reelection MORE (R-Ill.) said he was not present at the Capitol for the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack because he is on “baby watch.”

Kinzinger announced in July that he and his wife, Sofia, are expecting a baby boy in January 2022.

“I wish I could be there too, but I’m on baby watch,” Kinzinger wrote on Twitter in response to a post about low Republican representation in the House chamber for a moment of silence on Thursday.

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“I am in spirit,” he added.

 


Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. The Illinois Republican is one of two members of his party to sit on the House select committee probing the deadly riot.

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Kinzinger’s “baby watch” note was in response to a tweet from CNN reporter Manu Raju, who noted that the Cheneys were the only two GOP individuals in the House chamber during the moment of silence.

Kinzinger has been a vocal member of the Jan. 6 select committee, frequently appearing for media interviews to detail updates on the panel’s probe. He has also been a critic of his own party and former President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Laura Ingraham 'not saying' if she'd support Trump in 2024 The Hill's 12:30 Report: Djokovic may not compete in French Open over vaccine requirement MORE.

Additionally, he has in the past spoken about his experience in the Capitol on Jan. 6, revealing in an interview in November that he considered firing his weapon as the violent mob was storming the Capitol.

The six-term congressman announced in October that he will not be seeking reelection in November. Kinzinger mentioned his baby on the way in a video announcing his retirement, saying “I went in as a single man, and met the best woman ever, and now we’re excited to welcome a baby boy in January.”