Senator at the no-mask Tuesday hearing / Kentucky Democratic Party
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The problem of wearing masks for tens of thousands of Kentuckians concerns health and safety.
Personal choice and individual rights matter to some.
But the issue is also increasingly becoming a political issue, particularly with polls showing that Kentucky and most of the country have widespread, and mandated, support for the wearing of masks.
When several Republican lawmakers showed up for a no-mask hearing on Tuesday, Democrats jumped on it, especially as a senator announced on Monday that he had the coronavirus.
In a press release, the Kentucky Democratic Party called Tuesday’s hearing a “startling scene” and called out lawmakers, especially as some of them attended a hearing last week with Senator Max Wise, who tested positive for the virus on Friday.
“Republicans have been reluctant to meet the mask requirements, and on Friday, Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron was the only attorney general in the country to challenge the mask requirements legally,” the Democratic Party said in the press release.
At least two lawmakers, State Rep. Hart and State Sen. Meredith, attended a hearing with Sen. Wise on Tuesday, July 7th. None of the three wore masks, Democrats said.
“Republicans cannot claim to support the wearing of masks, but show up in Frankfurt, refusing to wear masks and putting everyone around them at risk,” said Marisa McNee, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Democratic Party. “At least two of these members are known to have been in contact with Sen. Wise, who announced on Monday that he had tested positive for coronavirus. It is an absolute breach of duty on the part of these members to continue to behave in this way. Just shameful. “
The Republican Party of State did not respond to a request for comment.