– Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny) issued the following statement about the events in the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C., yesterday.
“It is truly a dark day in American history when dissent turns to destruction. I condemn the criminal acts that took place yesterday. What should have been about meaningful debate, peaceful protest and the Rule of Law turned into chaos, coups and death. I pray for a restoration of peace.
“We are supposed to be civil human beings who look after each other. The actions that took place at the Capitol are unacceptable. Being destructive is not going to do anything except make the divide greater.
“As citizens, we must remain undeterred in our efforts to settle our disagreements the American way — through civil public debates and other legal processes and procedures that are afforded to us stated in the Constitution. However, violence, threats, property damage and bodily harm are unacceptable. Those responsible must be identified and prosecuted to the fullest extent the law allows.
“Election reform is needed to address the many issues that have arisen. People deserve a system that is accountable and transparent. I will always work within my constitutional authority to do this. I will not condone the immoral and disrespectful behaviors taken against our democracy yesterday.”