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McSally, staff asked to break up maskless photo op inside Capitol

McSally, staff asked to break up maskless photo op inside Capitol
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Staff members at the Office of the Sergeant at Arms asked Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyCindy McCain on possible GOP censure: 'I think I'm going to make T-shirts' Arizona state GOP moves to censure Cindy McCain, Jeff Flake Trump renominates Judy Shelton in last-ditch bid to reshape Fed MORE (R-Ariz.) to break up a photo she was taking with her staff, according to a photo and tweet from a CNN reporter.

The photo shows McSally and more than a dozen other people on a Capitol stairway. None of them are wearing masks.

CNN reporter Ali Zaslav tweeted the photo. The group had apparently taken to the staircase after the Arizona senator gave her last speech in the Senate.

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In the photo, McSally and her staff can be seen standing shoulder to shoulder with no masks on.

Zaslav tweeted, “Staff at the Sergeant at Arms office stepped in and requested they break it up and put on masks.”

The Hill has reached out to McSally's office.

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Tensions over masks in the Senate have been rising this week.

On Monday evening, Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Biden and the new Congress must protect Americans from utility shutoffs Streamlining the process of prior authorization for medical and surgical procedures MORE (D-Ohio) called on Sen. Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanMcConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time Senate poised to override Trump's defense bill veto OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration proceeds with rollback of bird protections despite objections | Trump banking proposal on fossil fuels sparks backlash from libertarians | EU 2019 greenhouse gas emissions down 24 percent MORE (R-Alaska) to wear a mask as he presided over the Senate. Sullivan had taken his mask off to speak and pointedly told Brown he did not need to take his instruction.

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump allies, Washington insiders helped plan rallies before Capitol breach: reports What Martin Luther King, at 39, taught me at 35 GOP senators wrestle with purging Trump from party MORE (R-Texas) criticized Brown on social media, calling him an "ass."

McSally conceded defeat to Democratic challenger Mark KellyMark KellyCindy McCain on possible GOP censure: 'I think I'm going to make T-shirts' Arizona state GOP moves to censure Cindy McCain, Jeff Flake Arizona county's Republican committee debates censuring Cindy McCain MORE last week.