In Times of Crisis, We Need Solutions - Not Silence
NEW HOPE, PA, March 24, 2020 - Bucks and Montgomery Counties were just put under a two-week stay at home order by Governor Wolf to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Businesses are shuttered with no way of staying afloat.
Hourly workers and independent contractors have no income.
Students are missing out on weeks of their educational curriculum.
Medical bills in excess of $34,927 have hit survivors of COVID-19.
So, what are your elected officials doing about any of this?
PBS39 in Bethlehem offered to host a publicly televised primary debate so that residents of Bucks and Montgomery Counties, the epicenter of Pennsylvania's coronavirus outbreak, could see how their two PA-01 Democratic candidates would respond. There would, of course, be no live audience.
Unfortunately, my primary opponent, Dr. Christina Finello, has refused to participate in the PBS39 debate. One would think that as residents struggle to pay rent, the former Deputy Director of Bucks County's Department of Housing and Human Services would be eager to share solutions at this moment of crisis. Instead, she seems content with the local Democratic party's endorsement and has yet to provide any substantive statements or plans for this district in the midst of a national crisis.
My campaign, on the other hand, has taken a different approach. As far back as March 2nd, I was live on air debating conservative radio host JD Mullane at the Bucks County Courier Times and talking about coronavirus test kits and pricing. Since March 15th, I have released 3 statements on coronavirus and hosted 6 livestream coronavirus townhalls to address concerns around the economic recovery and securing our elections with vote-by-mail if in-person voting is not safe.
Ask yourself, which of these approaches looks like leadership in a time of crisis? The candidate with the party endorsement who refuses to debate and takes no stance on how to resolve this crisis, or someone like myself who fearlessly advocated solutions to this crisis weeks before Congress was discussing a bailout?
Then, I ask you to vote (by mail!) for the type of leadership this district deserves in the forthcoming PA-01 Democratic primary in Bucks and Montgomery Counties.
Skylar D. Hurwitz
Independent Democratic Candidate for U.S. Congress in Pennsylvania's 1st District