Firehouse Vice President Madeleine Weast Says DC Mayor Bowser’s Coronavirus Response Puts Politics Over Science in Washington Examiner Op-Ed

September 9, 2020

Muriel Bowser’s executive actions are driven by politics, not science

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser echoed Dr. Anthony Fauci’s frustration with the patchwork policies that are preventing the United States from getting the coronavirus under control during a National Geographic conversation titled “Stopping Pandemics.” She said the lack of a federal response led her to be “guided by science” as she governs Washington, D.C.

If only that were true. In reality, the mayor’s executive orders consistently appear motivated more by politics than scientific evidence.

Since the onset of the coronavirus, local leaders have gone around the City Council to implement sweeping executive actions. Bowser has issued 36 mayoral orders since March 11, when her first coronavirus executive action to declare a public health emergency went into effect.

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