Fall River Congressman Staffer Caught Defacing Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Posters
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The chief of staff for Massachusetts U.S. Representative Jake Auchincloss, a moderate Democrat whose district includes Fall River, was caught by U.S. Capitol Police defacing posters belonging to a right-wing Georgia congresswoman.
Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted out images of an arrest warrant for Auchincloss' chief of staff Timothy Hysom on Monday.
According to the warrant, starting in January, Hysom allegedly placed Christian-themed stickers on a poster immediately outside Greene's office in the Longworth House Office Building on Independence Avenue in D.C. several times.
Hysom allegedly stickered the posters numerous times in February and March, before a surveillance camera was installed and he was caught on film allegedly placing the stickers on the poster.
Greene has tweeted that although the Capitol Police referred the case to the Department of Justice, they declined to charge Hysom with any offenses.
U.S. Capitol Police confirmed that the case was referred in March to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, but the office declined to prosecute.
"The posters have been defaced with religious stickers at least five times" since January, Capitol Police wrote in a statement.
The arrest warrant notes that Greene complained about destruction of private property to the tune of around $350 for the seven posters Hysom allegedly defaced.
According to the warrant, Hysom allegedly placed stickers that included such phrases as "Not everyone who says to me 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven" and "True Disciples of Christ don't say the thing you say, act the way you act, and treat people the way you treat people" on Greene's poster.
The poster itself proclaimed, in part, "There are only two genders: Male and Female," the warrant noted.
Auchincloss spokesperson Matt Corridoni noted that members of congress "do not own the exterior walls of their office," and that posters are prohibited in hallways in House office buildings.
"Adhering a sticker — to a poster that shouldn't be there in the first place — is hardly a federal crime," he said, adding that the police were obligated to pass along Greene's accusations, but the U.S. Attorney's Office declined to prosecute.
Corridoni went on to note that the stickers were "never threatening," but called Greene's posters "foul, mean spirited" and "bullying," saying they were aimed at an unidentified member of congress across the hall.
"Congressman Auchincloss knew nothing about what his chief of staff had done," he added.
Auchincloss has also recently made headlines after one of his aides let late-night television host Stephen Colbert's staffers into the Longworth House building after hours.
Several CBS staffers were arrested in the incident.