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REPUBLICAN LEADERS NOT FOLLOWING JUSTICE’S MASK MANDATE

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REPUBLICAN LEADERS NOT FOLLOWING JUSTICE’S MASK MANDATE

August 19, 2020

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For Immediate Release:
July 13, 2020
Contact: Brittni McGuire, Brittni@wvdemocrats.com
REPUBLICAN LEADERS NOT FOLLOWING JUSTICE’S MASK MANDATE
GOP actions show no concern for the safety and health of fellow West Virginians
(Charleston, WV) – Last week Governor Jim Justice announced a mandatory mask mandate for West Virginians but it seems Republican leaders are exempt from following the rules. 
Since Justice announced the mask mandate Republican Party leaders have been spotted indoors with crowds of people not wearing masks. The Republican National Lawyers Association held its seminar at Justice’s own Greenbrier Resort where GOP leaders such as Patrick Morrisey and Roger Hanshaw were pictured without masks. 
“Under Jim Justice’s leadership, West Virginia has become the state with the highest transmission rate of COVID-19 in the country,” said West Virginia Democratic Party Chairwoman Belinda Biafore. “We have the highest rate of spread and the most vulnerable population. He waited too long to take action and now, even after his very own mask mandate, Republican leaders aren’t following the rules.” 
Republican Delegate Amy Summers hosted a meeting last week regarding law enforcement and she did not wear a mask. No one else pictured at the meeting was wearing masks. 
“The fact that his own Party and fellow Republican leaders do not listen to him shows his failed leadership that has left West Virginians at severe risk,” said Chairwoman Biafore. “If his own Party doesn’t respect him, no wonder we see people across the state not complying with the rules.”  
Earlier this morning photos surfaced of a large church service in Fairmont at Covenant Church where no one was wearing a mask.
“Justice’s failed leadership aside, Republican leaders are showing that they do not care about the health and safety of West Virginians.” 
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