Welcome to the Democratic Governors Association’s Friday newsletter, The Weekender.
Let’s get started.
Virginia:Glenn Youngkin is continuing to run a campaign for governor that’s against the life-saving science that will put an end to the pandemic. This week, Youngkin’s radical anti-vaxx platform reached a new level when in an interview with CNN, his running mate, Winsome Sears, refused to say whether or not she had received the COVID-19 vaccine. Instead of advocating for people to get the safe and effective shot, Sears resorted to fearmongering and spreading anti-vaxx rhetoric, saying that asking for vaccination status is a “slippery slope.” This is just the latest in Youngkin’s anti-vaccine platform that just keeps getting more and more extreme. He previously encouraged students to get exceptions to avoid COVID-19 vaccine mandates, and he’s against all forms of COVID-19 vaccine requirements — even for child care workers, teachers, and health care workers. In the most recent gubernatorial debate, Youngkin even stated he was against requiring the vaccine for measles, mumps, and rubella, a vaccine that has been mandatory for students across Virginia for four decades.
New Jersey: This week, the Murphy for Governor campaign launched its third general election television ad — “Repeated” — highlighting how Jack Ciattarelli has consistently undermined lifesaving public health measures and prioritized extreme politics over science while repeating Trump’s discredited lies on COVID-19. Ciattarelli’s out-of-touch and dangerous Trump-style approach to the pandemic reflects his actual public health positions, including his opposition to vaccine requirements for childhood diseases like mumps and measles. Ciattarelli has doubled down on his COVID-19 stance, downplaying the seriousness of the virus with his jaw-dropping and demonstrably false claim that “children are not vulnerable to this virus.” Watch “Repeated” here.