Montana Public Health Expert: We Need a Governor Who Will Protect Our Frontline Health workers

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Montana Public Health Expert: We Need a Governor Who Will Protect Our Frontline Health workers
“Greg Gianforte spreads dangerous theories about defeating COVID-19 through herd immunity…That’s unacceptable and morally reprehensible.”
 
Helena, MT – Writing in the Flathead Beacon, public health expert Dr. Cora Neumann slammed Greg Gianforte for spreading “dangerous theories” about defeating COVID-19 “through uncontrolled spread,” which could kill more than 10,000 Montanans. She also applauded Lt. Gov. Cooney’s “outstanding job leading Montana throughout this unprecedented crisis,” and reiterated her unwavering “faith in Mike Cooney to continue guiding us through these dark times.”

Flathead Beacon: We Need a Governor Who Will Protect Our Frontline Health workers

By: Dr. Cora Neumann

Highlights:

This November, I’ll be voting for the candidate that will stand up for public health experts, listen to the science, and place the safety of all Montanans above scoring political points. That candidate is Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney.

As our next governor, Mike will honor and protect those risking their lives to keep our communities safe. Mike is committed to investing in the requisite public health resources, supporting our medical experts, and making tough decisions when necessary to protect Montanans. Overcoming this crisis will require steady, clear eyed, serious leadership – that’s exactly what Mike Cooney brings to the table.

Meanwhile, his opponent Greg Gianforte spreads dangerous theories about defeating COVID-19 through herd immunity. Let’s not dance around what that would mean for Montanans – in order for our state to achieve herd immunity through uncontrolled spread, conservative estimates suggest more than 10,000 Montanans – and potentially tens of thousands more – could die. That’s more than 172 times as many who have died already – those are fathers, mothers, teachers, and nurses who Gianforte is suggesting we allow die to achieve herd immunity. That’s unacceptable and morally reprehensible.

This is nothing new for Gianforte – even after a COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. was all but certain, he downplayed the virus, and he now claims that the pandemic is pretty much over, even as cases continue to mount. Not to mention, he hasn’t said one word about the importance of wearing a mask in public.

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The Bullock/Cooney administration has done an outstanding job leading Montana through this unprecedented crisis. I couldn’t have more faith in Mike Cooney to continue guiding us through these dark times, by listening and adhering to the public health experts, rather than shunning and attacking them. For the sake of all Montanans, I ask that you join me in supporting Mike Cooney for governor.

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