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 McSallyEx-McSally aide pleads guilty to stealing over 0K in campaign funds Arizona state senator announces bid for Kirkpatrick's seat Democratic Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick says she won't seek reelection 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.


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.


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

On Monday evening, Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownSenate Democrats offer bill to scrap tax break for investment managers Wyden: Funding infrastructure with gas tax hike a 'big mistake' Sherrod Brown calls Rand Paul 'kind of a lunatic' for not wearing mask MORE (D-Ohio) called on Sen. Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanHillicon Valley: Global cybersecurity leaders say they feel unprepared for attack | Senate Commerce Committee advances Biden's FTC nominee Lina Khan | Senate panel approves bill that would invest billions in tech Kerry denies allegations from leaked Iran tapes OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Supreme Court considers whether US should pay for Guam hazardous waste cleanup | EPA eyes reversal of Trump revocation of California vehicle emissions waiver | Kerry faces calls to step down over leaked Iran tapes 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 CruzYang: Those who thought tweet in support of Israel was 'overly simplistic' are correct CNN asks Carol Baskin to comment on loose Texas tiger Republicans have dumped Reagan for Trump MORE (R-Texas) criticized Brown on social media, calling him an "ass."

McSally conceded defeat to Democratic challenger Mark KellyMark KellyPavlich: The border crisis Biden said we could afford Arizona governor signs controversial election bill into law Ex-McSally aide pleads guilty to stealing over 0K in campaign funds MORE last week.