Vulnerable Senate hit by GOP challenger for closing offices due to COVID-19

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FIRST ON FOX: A Republican challenge Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., hit out at the vulnerable senator by saying she is still closing her offices due to the COVID-19 pandemic even as America is back to work.

Former state attorney general Adam Laxalt, a Republican, slammed Cortez Masto for allegedly closing his office as the majority of his colleagues returned to office, launching the website NoShowMasto.com Wednesday.

“Catherine Cortez Masto has literally closed her doors to families in need in Nevada,” Laxalt said in a press release obtained exclusively by Fox News Digital. “As Nevada families struggle to fill their gas tanks and buy basic groceries, our no-show senator offers them only empty promises and no results.”

CORTEZ MASTO PRADES GROUP THAT CALLED FOR DEFUNDING POLICE AND TEACHING CRITICAL RACE THEORY IN SCHOOLS

Next, President Donald Trump then joins Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt at a 2018 gubernatorial campaign rally in Douglas County, Nevada.
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Next, President Donald Trump then joins Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt at a 2018 gubernatorial campaign rally in Douglas County, Nevada.
(Adam Laxalt campaign)

The website highlights that Cortez Masto and his staff are physically away from their offices in Washington, DC and throughout Nevada, opting to continue working from home.

“As hard-working Nevadans struggle to make ends meet, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto isn’t even running for her constituents,” the website reads.

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 7: Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., is seen after lunch with Senate Democrats at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, October 7, 2021. (Photo by Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – OCTOBER 7: Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., is seen after lunch with Senate Democrats at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, October 7, 2021. (Photo by Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Washington’s Free Beacon reported last March, Cortez Masto and a number of congressional Democrats were still working from home, with the door to Cortez Masto displaying a “cleaning not required” sign.

Laxalt’s campaign also visited Cortez Masto offices across the Silver State, posting on Twitter that none of them were staffed, with some saying meetings could only be held “by appointment.” you only”.

Earlier this month, Cortez Masto spokeswoman Lauren Wodarski said local journalists that the senator’s offices across the state have been opened. The senator’s office also claimed that signs saying staff were telecommuting and meetings were “by appointment only” were mistakenly left.

“Our offices, including in Washington, DC, have been and continue to be staffed and open to help the people of Nevada, including our Washington, DC office,” Wodarski said.

Cortez Masto’s office also said their office was found locked because it was after hours.

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, center, speaks during a Trump campaign press conference outside the Clark County Elections Department in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. Photographer: Joe Buglewicz/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, center, speaks during a Trump campaign press conference outside the Clark County Elections Department in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. Photographer: Joe Buglewicz/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Free Beacon’s Matthew Foldi called out the office for removing the sign from his DC office after “reporting its existence” and pointed out that the sign was up and the office empty at nearly 2 p.m. that afternoon. .

The Laxalt press release also points out that gasoline prices for Nevada residents under the Cortez Masto administration have skyrocketed from $2.47 a gallon. state average when she took office $5.17 per gallon from Tuesday.

Cortez Masto made headlines last year when she praised an activist group that pushed leftist ideas about race and law enforcement.

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It was reported by the Free Beacon that Cortez Masto said Battle Born Progress included “incredible defenders of our state.” She made the comments on Nov. 3 while speaking at the self-proclaimed PR firm’s annual gala.

From 2017 to 2018, the group received nearly $100,000 from the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a so-called dark money group that funds liberal causes.

Fox News Digital’s Sam Dorman contributed to this report.

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