The Weekender (7/30/21)
Welcome to the Democratic Governors Association’s Friday newsletter, The Weekender.
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|Virginia: Last Friday, Terry McAuliffe stood side by side with President Biden to energize voters and encourage grassroots support. With thousands in attendance, McAuliffe and Biden outlined their plans for public investments and economic recovery while slamming GOP candidate and Trump acolyte Glenn Youngkin. While McAuliffe is outlining bold plans, Youngkin is proving once again why he’s the wrong choice for Virginia. As Capitol police officers testified on the horrors of the January 6th insurrection, it was revealed that Youngkin had booked an appearance as a featured guest at an ‘election integrity’ rally organized by a regional GOP chairman who was outside the Capitol during the attack. Youngkin’s appearance at this rally underscores his support for Trump’s dangerous lies. For months, Youngkin refused to acknowledge Biden’s legitimate win, fueling the rhetoric that led to this violence. McAuliffe has already called on Youngkin to withdraw from the rally and “disavow this dangerous, deadly conspiracy theory once and for all.”
New Jersey: Once again, Gov. Phil Murphy has demonstrated his commitment to New Jerseyans. With a temporary 25% Medicaid reimbursement rate boost, he is receiving due praise for his continued leadership throughout the pandemic. Gov. Murphy also led New Jersey to rank third among states in distributing grants to small businesses and signed legislation supporting veterans. Meanwhile, GOP candidate Jack Ciattarelli is preaching against vaccinations for common childhood diseases like mumps, putting New Jersey children and schoolteachers at risk. With COVID surges across the nation, Ciattarelli’s rage against vaccinations demonstrates his lack of care for the community, whereas Gov. Murphy is focused on keeping people safe and guiding New Jersey to economic recovery.
|“Together with our partners at the federal level, the EDA and other departments have provided more than three-quarters of a billion dollars to our small business community as we emerge from the pandemic stronger and more resilient.”