Statement on COVID-19

The novel coronavirus and COVID-19 (the disease caused by the virus) will be a defining moment in all our lives, like the moon landing and 9/11. Maybe you know someone who has contracted COVID-19, or you have yourself. Maybe you find yourself out of work, or trying to find a new normal with kids out of school. Perhaps you are like me – an asthmatic afraid to leave his home because my preexisting condition puts me at increased risk of complications from the virus.

It is likely that we will be dealing with the consequences of the coronavirus long after the 2020 election. If elected, I will prioritize ensuring every Idahoan has what they need to continue to live a safe, healthy life. I will do this by working to expand access to health care, paid leave, unemployment benefits, renters’ rights, and ensuring our local hospitals have the resources they need.

As Idaho and the rest of the world grapple with this pandemic and its impacts, it is of utmost importance that we ensure every Idahoan has access to what they need right now. I am extremely disappointed that after the CDC and others issued warnings about large gatherings, and we began to see how the virus was rampaging through Italy, that our elected officials in Idaho did not address COVID-19 before the end of session.

Instead of ensuring the safety and security of all Idahoans, the majority party instead fixated on identity politics and discrimination. Clearly unconstitutional bills were signed into law. These laws will cost Idahoan taxpayers millions to defend in court, where the state will most likely lose, according to Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. How many ventilators and masks could that money have provided? How many small business loans could’ve been created, or unemployment benefits boosted?

We are far past the time for partisan politics and virtue-signaling legislation. We need leaders who will prioritize the wellbeing of all Idahoans. We can start by voting out the lawmakers who refuse to put your health and safety first.