Congresswoman Grace Meng Attacked in D.C.

Grace Meng
National Journal
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Matt Berman
Nov. 20, 2013, 11:34 a.m.

Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., was at­tacked and robbed near East­ern Mar­ket in Wash­ing­ton Tues­day night, po­lice tell ABC. An as­sail­ant re­portedly hit the con­gress­wo­man over the head and took her Gucci hand­bag.

ABC re­ports that Meng was “left dis­or­i­ented” and suffered in­jur­ies to her left knee, hand, face, and head. In a press state­ment, the con­gress­wo­man said that she was “not ser­i­ously in­jured.”

Meng, a fresh­man, rep­res­ents Queens, New York after tak­ing the seat made va­cant by former Rep. Gary Ack­er­man. She is the daugh­ter of Taiwanese im­mig­rants and is the first Asi­an-Amer­ic­an wo­man to rep­res­ent a bor­ough of New York City in Con­gress. “It’s nice to be a wo­man, and it’s nice to be an Asi­an,” she told Na­tion­al Journ­al soon be­fore be­ing elec­ted last year. “But what’s more im­port­ant is what I can bring back to my dis­trict.”

This vi­ol­ence only adds to a pretty aw­ful week for the D.C. area.