Jahana Hayes, left, a Democrat running in the 5th Congressional District in Connecticut, listens to Massachusetts Congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley at Central Connecticut State University on Sunday at a forum for young voters. (Michael McAndrews / Special to the Courant). Featured Image
“I have a heightened sense of awareness,” Hayes said.
Hayes, D-5th District, said she has been the target of vile and racist phone calls, emails and social media posts. She said she sometimes wrenches the phone from a staffer to speak directly to an abusive caller.
Lawmakers were warned in a July 26 email from the House Sergeant at Arms, a law enforcement officer whose duties are to protect lawmakers and maintain order in the U.S. House, to take more precautions at public events during Congress’ summer break.