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‘Squad’ Member Has Office Phones Sent To Voicemail For ‘Year And A Half,’ Can’t Switch Them Back

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Michael Ginsberg Congressional Reporter
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Staffers in the D.C. office of Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley have sent calls to voicemail more than “a year and a half,” and are struggling to change their office phone settings to allow live calls.

“We have had our DC phone line going to voicemail for the past year and a half but are looking to switch to live phone calls,” a Pressley staffer wrote in an email to an email list used by Capitol tour coordinators. “Anyone here know how to make the desk phones answer live phone calls again? Would greatly appreciate your help!” the staffer asked.

The email received attention on social media after Republican Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert tweeted it. The Daily Caller was able to independently confirm its authenticity.

A member of the far-left group of Democrats known as “The Squad,” Pressley was first elected to Congress in 2018 after defeating 10-term incumbent Michael Capuano in a primary. Despite her office’s lack of accessibility to constituents, she claims on her official website to believe “that a diversity of voices in the political process is essential to crafting more effective public policy.” (RELATED: Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley Leading Revolt Against Democratic Party Plan To Protect Incumbents)

Two phone calls from the Daily Caller to Pressley’s office were sent straight to voicemail.

“Both our Boston and DC offices continue to respond to constituents calls and emails as we always have. Like many Congressional offices during the pandemic, we have been operating under a call-back system with staff regularly following up daily on voicemails to keep our staff safe and support remote and hybrid work,” a spokesperson for Pressley told the Daily Caller via email.