ATLANTA – U.S. Rep. Rich McCormick has closed his district office in Cumming after receiving what he characterized as serious threats of violence to his staff.
“I take the safety of my team seriously,” McCormick, R-Suwanee, wrote in a statement posted to the former Twitter website now known as X. “These threats have been reported to Capitol Police and will be investigated fully.”
McCormick said his staff will continue working remotely to handle calls from constituents for service or to answer questions.
The House passed a resolution late Tuesday sponsored by McCormick to formally reprimand Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., over her outspoken criticism of Israel, with some Democrats joining all Republicans to support the censure, Politico reported.
McCormick had moved to censure Tlaib for what he called “promoting false narratives” about the Palestinian militant group Hamas’ attack on Israel and for “calling for the destruction of the state of Israel.”
Tlaib, the only Palestinian American member of Congress, survived a censure attempt by Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene, R-Rome, last week for criticizing Israel. McCormick was among 23 Republicans who voted against Greene’s resolution. Greene has crafted a second censure resolution for a vote this week.
There was no indication Wednesday whether the resolutions censuring Tlaib are connected with the threats to McCormick’s district staff.