Democrat Tim Ryan Missed Congressional Meetings Citing COVID-19 Then Went to California to Fundraise

On Wednesday, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) notified Congress that he would be unable to attend proceedings due to the global pandemic, and then proceeded to travel to California to attend a fundraiser for his Senate campaign.

After essentially calling in sick, Ryan flew to Los Angeles to be at a fundraiser held by United Talent Agency Vice Chairman Jay Sures. Reports estimate that Ryan made over $100,000 at the event to fund his Ohio Senate campaign.

“I am unable to physically attend proceedings in the House Chamber due to the ongoing public health emergency, and I hereby grant the authority to cast my vote by proxy to the Honorable Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., who has agreed to serve as my proxy,” Ryan wrote in his letter to Congress.

Sures, who resides in California, expressed interest in Ohio as a place where Democrats could take control in the Senate race.

“[Ohio is] certainly one of the most, if not the most important senate race where the Democrats can pick up a seat,” Sures said.

Ironically, on the same day that Ryan called out of Congress to go to California, he posted on social media ridiculing his Republican opponent J.D. Vance for always being out of Ohio.

“Hey @JDVance1! We know you’re not usually in Ohio, so we decided to talk to some folks in Middletown for you,” tweeted Ryan. “Tune in for our latest episode of Hillbilly on the Street.”

Recently, former President Donald Trump delivered a speech at a rally and took aim at Ryan for deception. Trump called him a “phony,” who has been “terrible” and “lying to your faces.”

Trump was referring to the fact that Ryan claims to be aligned with Trump, yet his voting record shows that he supports the Biden administration and opposes the MAGA movement.