Congressman Cory Mills, a Republican who represents north central Florida's 7th Congressional District, made national headlines today after it was revealed that he distributed replica grenades to his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives.
According to an excerpt in the Washington Examiner, Mills distributed the devices to his colleagues in a nod to his home state of Florida and his military background. Mills emphasized that he coordinated with the chamber's sergeant-at-arms to ensure safety.
“It’s very customary for new members of Congress to bring products from their home state, and those can be relevant to their committee assignments. Congressman Mills is a combat veteran, Bronze Star recipient, and member of [House Armed Services Committee]," a spokesperson for Mills told the Washington Examiner.
Mills spokesperson said that inert 40MMs were made in the great, free state of Florida, and a gift to all House Republicans in celebration of a new majority," his spokesperson added. “The office coordinated with sergeant at arms [and] Capitol police to clear each inert grenade, and even helped to escort them into the Capitol.”
Mills was elected to congress as part of a state-centered Republican wave across Florida in a night that was otherwise underwhelming for Republicans on election night of the 2022 Mid-Term Election. Mills flipped a blue seat once occupied by moderate Democrat Stephanie Murphy, who also had a military service background. The district covers areas slightly north of Orlando, covering Sanford and all of Seminole County, as well as the southern half of Volusia County.
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