After months and months of John Nygren and our State Legislature downplaying the severity of COVID-19, willfully disregarding the safety of our citizens by ignoring science, and actively fighting every attempt the Governor has made to slow the spread of this virus, Wisconsin is quickly becoming the Nation’s COVID-19 hotspot.
The GOP has not done a single thing to slow the spread of COVID-19. In fact, they have fought the Governor at every step — filing multiple lawsuits to end public health orders and issuing celebratory press releases with each of their hollow “victories.”
I’ve said this before, but the basic function of our state government is to protect our citizens’ health and safety. Acting to undermine public health like this will cost lives. The Wisconsin GOP owns this pandemic — the responsibility for every new case of this virus rests squarely in their hands. How many people have to be hospitalized before we start to matter to them?
Wisconsin Republicans have not met or passed a single bill in over 170 days. Neither the executive branch nor the judiciary has the ability to write new laws: only the Legislature can do that. Lives are at stake and they don’t have a single solution to offer. And now, instead of working toward solutions, they are using the courts, at taxpayer expense, to fight Wisconsin’s mask order. This is shameful. This reckless disregard for human life is completely unconscionable.
There’s nothing even stopping them from convening to rescind the mask order on their own — they’re just cowards who are too weak to take responsibility for their own actions. They’re afraid to hurt their chances of reelection, so they are shifting blame to the Supreme Court at taxpayers’ expense. They’ll spend our money to sue the governor, but won’t convene to work on solutions. In fact, they haven’t offered one single idea on how to deal with COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
Nov. 3 is fast approaching, and it’s time Wisconsin elects leaders who will work together to put the health and safety of our people first. Please wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice social distancing — and please vote for change.
Candidate, 89th Assembly District