Posted on October 2, 2023

Bowman Camp Slams ‘Nazi’ Republicans After Fire Alarm Flap

Daniella Diaz et al., Politico, October 2, 2023

Rep. Jamaal Bowman is circulating a list of talking points to fellow Democrats in a bid to stop the burgeoning GOP push to punish him after he set off a House fire alarm during Saturday’s chaotic spending votes.

The New York Democrat’s press secretary sent a memo on Monday afternoon to all House Democratic offices requesting that they defend Bowman for the flap over the alarm, which has prompted a Republican push to sanction him. {snip}

One suggested response from Bowman’s office to questions about the incident: “I believe Congressman Bowman when he says this was an accident. Republicans need to instead focus their energy on the Nazi members of their party before anything else.”


Republicans have vowed to punish the progressive in the wake of the incident, with Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.) introducing a resolution Monday to expel Bowman from the House. {snip}


“I was just trying to get to my vote. The door thatʼs usually open wasnʼt open. I didnʼt mean to cause confusion. I didnʼt know it was going to trip the whole building. I thought [the alarm] would help me open the door,” Bowman said Saturday.

Capitol Police have opened their own investigation into the incident. {snip}