Thursday, June 15, 2017

Donnelly Learns of Shooting While at Democrats' Practice for Congressional Baseball Game

Like the Republicans, Democrats held an early morning practice for the annual congressional baseball game. At that practice Senator Joe Donnelly learned of the shooting at the Republicans' practice. He had just left the field and come in for batting practice when he heard Rep. Mike Doyle say, "Oh my God" and then explain the shooting.

“Mike immediately went out to the field and called everybody in and brought everybody into the dugout, told everybody what had happened,” Donnelly said. “We kind of put our arms around each other and said a prayer for our friend [Majority Whip Steve Scalise] and for the officers and for the aid and for everyone else who was injured."

Donnelly felt it was important to to play the game as scheduled: “We don’t want to be seen as folks who stand down and worry about these kinds of things. Our job is to try to help do what’s right for the country to make the country stronger, and the last thing the country needs to see is us kind of walking away when we have a chance to do something that benefits others.”

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